BA + Master's in English, History or Political Science

Receive two degrees in only five years. In this program, you’ll start your undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, History or Political Science (offered at the Waterloo campus) with a conditional offer of admission to your master’s program. When you’re ready to begin your graduate studies, you won’t need to re-apply for admission. Available with a Master of Arts in English or History, or a Master of Applied Politics.

Program Highlights

  • Participate in senior small-group seminars designed to deepen your knowledge and enhance your research skills.
  • Benefit from mentoring throughout your entire undergraduate degree from current graduate students and faculty. Learn from their experiences and be ready to succeed in the graduate program.
  • Develop leadership and professional skills in training and development workshops offered across campus, including Laurier’s nationally acclaimed ASPIRE program.


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Format: full time      Duration: five years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UMA
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 80s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • 4U English at 75%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Completed the first year of a college program:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies.

Completed a two-year diploma or two years of a three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies.

Completed a two to three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies.
Note: Possession of the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission. Unless otherwise noted, you are considered for admission into full-time studies.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

What is a BA + Master's Program?

If you're successful in your application to the BA + Master's program in English, History or Political Science, you'll receive two conditional offers of admission:

  • One to undergraduate studies (BA) in English, History or Political Science; and
  • One to graduate studies (master's) in your undergraduate program.

This means that if you decide to continue your studies at the graduate level, you don’t need to apply to the master's program at Laurier because you’ve already received a conditional offer of admission. You will begin your master's program after you graduate from your BA degree program.

Benefits of the BA + Master's

Students accepted into the BA + Master's program receive mentoring and skills development opportunities throughout their undergraduate degree that will help them achieve the admission requirements for the graduate program and help turn the conditional offer into an acceptance.

Program Options

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate programs for each of the three BA + Master's options (English, History or Political Science):



Political Science

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


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Ivan Joseph, vice-president, Student Affairs

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • archivist
  • editing
  • government
  • human resources
  • information sciences
  • journalism
  • law
  • librarian
  • marketing and fundraising
  • museum curator
  • politician
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • teacher

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

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