Departmental Scholars

Through the Departmental Scholars program, coordinated by College Honors, highly motivated undergraduates may be able to pursue a Masters Degree (M.A.) while they are completing coursework for their B.A.

The Departmental Scholar Program (DSP) allows exceptional juniors and seniors to pursue the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. Nomination as a Departmental Scholar is an honor that carries practical benefits-- the graduate application process is simplified and students may be admitted to the DSP during any academic quarter. Finally, the Departmental Scholar Program offers advanced students access to graduate level classes and an opportunity to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of UCLA's distinguished faculty.

International Institute IDPs that have participated in the Departmental Scholars program in the past include:

  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Latin American Studies


Students seeking nomination to the Departmental Scholar Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution
  • Completion of preparation for the major
  • A 3.5 overall grade point average
  • 3.5 overall grade point average in the major

Application Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year. A completed application must include all of the folling materials before being considered for admission:

  • Statement of Purpose –No more than two pages in length. Statement of purpose should describe academic, and/or professional experience
  • Two Letters of Reccomendation – Letters should be from UCLA faculty (professors, assistant professors, associate professors, or professor emeritus). 
  • Wrting Sample – Up to 10 pages. Not mandatory, but strongly recommended.
  • Official Transcript

Please contact the Academic Counselor for more information on the Departmental Scholars program through these IDPs.

For general information on becoming a Departmental Scholar, or to see if other departments offer similar programs, please contact College Honors.


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