BA International Studies, MH Humanities/MSS or Social Sciences 4+1 Program

The International Studies BA/MHMSS (Master of Humanities/Master of Social Science Program) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides an expedited interdisciplinary program of study that allows participating students to complete an interdisciplinary Bachelor degree in International Studies and an interdisciplinary Master degree in Humanities or Social Science through the MHMSS program in five years. INTS students interested in participating in the combined degree apply no earlier than their first semester of junior-year standing as an undergraduate. Students may further choose to concentrate in one of the MH or MSS tracks. (For track information, see descriptions of the MH and MSS degree programs in the graduate catalog.) Upon acceptance, students take a maximum of 15 credit hours of graduate-level courses beginning the second semester of their junior year (or its equivalent) and through the whole of their senior year. Because these classes "double count," they fulfill requirements for both the BA major and the Master degree in Humanities or Social Science. Students then apply for admission to the MH or MSS program to continue graduate studies exclusively in the chosen degree plan, either MH or MSS, to complete their master degree by the end of their fifth year in CLAS at CU Denver.

All students who have declared the 4+1 degree program option as undergraduates must submit a formal application through the CU Denver Graduate Admission’s online application system during their final semester of undergraduate coursework. The department’s preferred application deadlines are April 1 (summer term), May 1 (fall term), and November 1 (spring term).

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major and graduate advisors and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

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$27,958 Per Year

International student tuition fee

5 Years


Aug 2024

Start Month

Jul 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • August 2024
  • January 2025
  • August 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time