Jul 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in War and Society

The War and Society Master’s program offers a accelerated program option for undergraduates that enable students to begin taking M.A. coursework in their senior year and receive a Master of Arts degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies.

Students will receive conditional admission to the program, pending completion of their B.A. degree as stipulated in the graduate catalog (see explanation of conditional admission in the graduate catalog). If accepted to the M.A. program, students can take up to 12 approved graduate credits during their senior year. These credits can be used to satisfy the undergraduate graduation requirements and count toward the M.A. in War and Society. The application process, prerequisites, GPA and graduate program requirements are as specified for the M.A. in War and Society program.

Admission Deadline


Admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in War and Society

Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:

  1. Junior standing.
  2. Successful completion of HIST 296.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 3.000 or above.
  4. An essay expressing your reasons for wanting to join the particular academic program to which you are applying. What are your personal and career goals, and how will this particular degree from Chapman University help you reach those goals? Your essay should be double spaced, size 12 font, and 1-2 pages in length.
  5. A writing sample of 1200 words that demonstrates competency in scholarly writing.
  6. As a current Chapman student, applying to a Accelerated Masters degree program, the department has agreed to waive the recommendation letter requirement for your application. In the online application, please enter the name, email, and phone number for two faculty or staff members at Chapman who support you as a candidate for this program.
  7. Resume.

By fall of the junior year, students seeking early admission should consult the War and Society, M.A.  program’s catalog requirements and schedule an interview with the War and Society Studies Director or the Wilkinson College graduate programs coordinator to review admission requirements. Interested students can email GradAdmit@chapman.edu for more information.

Formal admission to the program occurs after conditionally accepted students have met the following criteria:

  1. All B.A. degree requirements are completed and degree is bestowed by the university. All B.A. History degree requirements are completed and degree is conferred by the University.
  2. Cumulative GPA at undergraduate graduation >3.000.
  3. Completion of HIST 296.
  4. Completion of the following B.A. History courses: HIST 596 - Advanced Research Thesis I  and HIST 598 - Advanced Research Thesis II  (applies to B.A. History students only).

Sample senior year course schedule for history majors

Sample senior year course schedule for non-history majors