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BA / MA Program

Our current MLLI majors at UMBC who are in their junior or senior year are eligible to apply to the accelerated BA/MA program.

UMBC students who are accepted into this program may count as many as 9 credits at the 600 level to both degrees.  For example, undergraduate UMBC students may count MLL 605, 601 or 602, and a 600-level language course toward both BA and MA degrees in our department.

You must submit an Accelerated BA/MA Application Form. Please note that GRE scores are waived for UMBC students.

Please contact the Graduate Program Director for more information.

        Accelerated BA/MA Students

 Michelle Coleman

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Hola! My name is Michelle Coleman, and I was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland. Growing up between Baltimore and the nation’s capital, I’ve always had a love for language, culture, and diversity.

I graduated from Howard Community College (HCC) in 2012 with an Associate’s degree in Spanish Language, and will graduate from UMBC this December with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and a minor in Applied Linguistics. I worked with international students at HCC’s English Institute as a Teacher’s Assistant and Conversation Partner. Additionally, I co-founded and served as President of HCC’s International Club whose purpose was to embrace, explore, and celebrate the different cultures and countries of college students. I have also volunteered at UMBC’s English Language Institute for multiple semesters, and am currently working as a substitute teacher for local elementary schools.

I’m part of the Accelerated BA/MA program for Intercultural Communication (INCC), allowing me to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate student. I applied for the program early in my senior year (but you can apply during your junior year!) at UMBC, so my final upper-level language classes will count towards both my undergraduate and future graduate degrees. This saves both time and tuition costs, allowing me to reach my goals much faster than the traditional route. I’m also hoping to pursue the graduate certificate in TESOL.

Eventually, I hope to teach English as a Second Language in Latin America, especially in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands. I’m also interested in pursuing the fields of Bilingual Education, Translation, and Diversity Training. The Accelerated BA/MA Program will get me there sooner! Contact Info: uh37537@umbc.edu

Mark von Heeringen 

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Saludos! My name is Mark von Heeringen. I was born in Honolulu, HI but have lived in Germantown, MD for most of my life. Growing up in the DMV, I have come to know and appreciate the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity that the region has to offer, ultimately fostering my passion for studying language and culture

I have just finished my junior year at UMBC and will graduate in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language. Over the years, I have held various positions at the school including tutoring at the LRC (Learning Resources Center), volunteering at the English Language Institute, and even serving as the president of the School’s Jujitsu Club, hi-ya!! As of late, my focus has shifted towards private tutoring due to time and financial constraints, though I am sure that is subject to change as I continue my studies and become more ingrained in the UMBC community.

I’m part of the Accelerated BA/MA program for Intercultural Communication (INCC), allowing me to take graduate level courses as an undergraduate student. Per the recommendation of my academic advisor, I applied for the program early in my junior year at UMBC and took my first graduate course this past Spring. My final upper-level language classes will count towards both my undergraduate and future graduate degrees. This saves both time and money, allowing me to obtain the diploma much faster than by traditional means.

Eventually, I hope to travel abroad and put my language skills to the test. I would like to teach Spanish as a second language and live somewhere outside of the U.S. to broaden my worldview. The idea of working in Conflict Resolution and International Product Marketing also greatly interests me. The insanity of pursuing a doctoral degree has also crossed my mind! Whatever I should choose, The Accelerated BA/MA Program will get me there sooner! Contact Info: markvon1@umbc.edu