Arts Degree (BA) + Master’s Degree (MA or MAP)

This unique, elite program lets you start your undergraduate BA with a conditional offer of admission to a strategically paired Master’s program at Laurier already in hand. Benefit from mentoring throughout your undergraduate career to gain the experience and background needed to succeed at your graduate studies. Graduate from the BA and MA with leadership and professional skills through development workshops offered across the university, including Laurier’s nationally-acclaimed ASPIRE program.

Find out which majors are available in the Arts Degree (BA) and Master's Degree program.

Program Highlights

  • Participate in senior small-group seminars designed to deepen your knowledge and enhance your research skills.
  • Benefit from mentoring throughout your undergraduate degree from current graduate students and faculty members in your program. 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.


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time      Duration: five years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UMA

Program Details

What is a Arts Degree (BA) and Master's Degree Program?

If you're successful in your application to the Arts Degree (BA) and Master's Degree program, you'll receive two conditional offers of admission:

  • One to undergraduate studies (BA) in English, Global Studies, History, Languages & Literatures, Political Science or Religion & Culture; and
  • One to graduate studies (Master's) in the same field as 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 Arts Degree (BA) and Master's Degree Program

Students accepted into the Arts Degree (BA) and Master's Degree 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 our Arts Degree (BA) + Master's Degree majors.

  • English (BA) + English and Film Studies (MA): From the beginning of your undergraduate degree to the end of your masters, develop your skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing to prepare yourself for a career in fields like communications, media, literature and more. 
  • Global Studies (BA) + Religion, Culture and Global Justice (MA): Combine an understanding of global issues and cultural dynamics with a focus on religion and justice in this interdisciplinary program that will equip you for a life of advocacy, ministry, research and more.
  • History (BA) + History (MA): Delve deep into the past, expanding your critical understanding and research skills across significant eras and events in the history of arts, culture, crime, politics, the military and more around the world.
  • Languages (BA) + Cultural Analysis and Social Theory (MA): Explore different cultures and communication styles with a multilingual perspective, enhanced by societal insights that will help you make a meaningful impact on your community.
  • Political Science (BA) + Applied Politics (MAP): Develop expertise (and gain real-world experience!) in problem solving, public policy, media relations, persuasion and advocacy, preparing for real-world political engagement and impact.
  • Religion and Culture (BA) + Religion, Culture and Global Justice (MA): Investigate and critically analyze the intersections of religion, culture, politics, economics, human rights and the environment from a global perspective. 

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.


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.

  • advocacy research coordinator
  • communication and change management lead
  • cultural navigator consultant
  • digital marketing content writer
  • global learning programs coordinator
  • museum interpreter
  • policy analyst
  • portfolio coordinator
  • project manager
  • research and data analyst

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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