5th-Year Master’s Degree for Current Rice
Rice undergraduate students may apply to the Master of
Global Affairs (MGA) program as a 4+1 option to earn both their baccalaureate
and master’s degrees in five years. If accepted, students take courses toward
the master’s degree in their senior year, while they complete requirements for
their baccalaureate degree.
considering the 4+1 MGA are encouraged to meet with a faculty or staff advisor
to learn more about the program.
semester sophomore students should submit a non-binding letter of intent to email@example.com indicating their interest to apply
to the program.
should meet with a faculty or staff advisor in the fall semester of their
junior year to plan their course of study for remaining undergraduate courses
and the MGA curriculum.
will officially apply for entrance to the MGA by February 1st.
will attend all university and department-sponsored graduate orientations in
August prior to the start of classes.
The pre-term math boot camp is also required.
will complete remaining requirements for the baccalaureate degree and enroll
for the MGA core curriculum courses.
students will graduate with their baccalaureate degree in May.
- Finish the
Area of Study courses, internship, and capstone project.
with master’s degree in May.
- Application fee: $85
- Statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Click here to begin your application now.
Additional Information for Rice Undergraduates:
students may count up to 9 hours of credit toward the master’s degree for
courses taken during the baccalaureate if they are taken at the graduate
(500) level or above or 3 hours of credit for courses taken during the
baccalaureate if they are taken below the 500-level.
- Rice undergraduate students must complete the
requirements for a baccalaureate degree and the Master of Global Affairs
independently of each other, i.e. no course may be counted toward the
fulfillment of both degrees.
- Rice undergraduates should keep in mind that
there is no provision for obtaining both degrees in a period shorter than
- Students receiving scholarships and other
forms of financial aid from Rice University may only apply that aid toward
the completion of their undergraduate degree. 5th-year MGA
students should plan to seek alternative sources of support for the fifth
year of study as noted here.