Sarah Lawrence Five-Year Programs:
Earn Two Degrees in Five Years

Undergraduate students can begin graduate work during their senior year through four of Sarah Lawrence College’s impressive graduate programs. In addition, students can earn a special combined 3-2 degree program in engineering with Columbia University. This allows students to leave the College with two degrees after five years.

Five-Year Programs

The Art of Teaching: BA & MSEd

Sarah Lawrence’s Art of Teaching graduate program gives students a solid philosophical framework and a strong background in current thinking about educational theory and practice, as well as extensive opportunities for classroom research and experience. The program:

  • Provides the tools for teachers to articulate and demonstrate a clearly defined, child-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to education for use in classrooms and schools
  • Prepares graduates to become strong leaders and agents of change in the complex and highly demanding profession of early childhood and elementary classroom teaching
  • Gives students access to resources such as the Early Childhood Center, a laboratory school on the Sarah Lawrence campus, and the Child Development Institute, which offers lectures, conferences, and outreach programs
  • Offers three New York State certification tracks—Early Childhood, Childhood, or both Early Childhood and Childhood Education – each of which leads to a Master of Science in Education degree

Learn more about the Master of Science in the Art of Teaching

Child Development: BA & MA

Sarah Lawrence’s Child Development graduate program explores the life of the child as the interaction of intellectual, emotional, social, and imaginative streams. Combining the in-depth study of primary theoretical perspectives with practical fieldwork, the program:

  • Encourages students to study children in a wide range of social contexts and environments—among members of their family, peer group, and culture; and within their homes, schools, and neighborhoods
  • Prepares graduates for direct work with children in various settings, for teaching child development at an intermediate level, or for pursuing doctoral study in psychology and related fields.
  • Gives students access to resources such as the Early Childhood Center, a laboratory school on campus, and the Child Development Institute, which offers lectures, conferences, and outreach programs
  • Results in a Master of Arts degree

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Child Development

Women’s History: BA & MA

Sarah Lawrence College was the first to offer a graduate degree in Women’s History. The Women's History program:

  • Introduces students to the rapidly expanding literature in women’s history, feminist theory, and gender studies
  • Trains students in historical research and interpretation
  • Encourages the combination of scholarship and activism
  • Results in a Master of Arts degree

Each year, the program sponsors a Women’s History Month Conference, which brings together scholars and activists to explore issues such as Native American women’s lives in urban communities, women’s organizing efforts in poor and new immigrant communities, women’s role in youth movements and the black freedom struggle, queer politics in the new millennium, and women’s experience of war.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Women's History

Engineering: BA & BS with Columbia University

This combined plan program allows students to earn two bachelor degrees in five years: a Bachelor of Arts in the liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Both degrees are awarded after completion of the full five-year program: three years at Sarah Lawrence, two at Columbia.
  • Upon successfully fulfilling prerequisite and graduation requirements at Sarah Lawrence, maintaining the necessary overall and prerequisite GPA, and receiving favorable recommendations from College faculty, students are prepared to apply for admission to one of the nation's top engineering programs in one of the world's top universities.
  • Graduates gain a competitive advantage from the rare combination of problem-solving and technical skills gained through the study of engineering, joined with the creative thinking and communications skills developed through liberal arts study.

Learn more about the program

Five-Year Program Alumni Stories

Doug Rubenstein MS ED ’15

Doug Rubenstein MS ED ’15

“I chose Sarah Lawrence College for the same reasons I chose it for my undergraduate education: the degree to which the individual is valued at Sarah Lawrence is remarkable. The small classes and personalized attention made me feel valid, important, and intelligent, which was not always the case in my history with school. And the graduate curriculum was rich with philosophy, theory, examples, and applied experience.”

Toni-Anne Vinell Stewart MA ’14

Toni-Anne Vinell Stewart MA ’14

“I chose Sarah Lawrence for graduate school because, as an undergraduate student, I knew that the College is a place that supports individual academic growth, nurtures our curiosity, and supports unique thought. When I saw myself becoming more invested in historical narratives and representations of women's struggle for political and economic empowerment, I knew I couldn’t study Women’s History anywhere else but Sarah Lawrence.”