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Accelerated Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

This program permits selected students to earn the B.A. and M.P.A. in a minimum of five years, by taking certain master’s-level courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program. The program is restricted to students with strong credentials and a clear interest in a career in the public or nonprofit sector. To be eligible, a student must have completed 90 credits of course work and have an overall GPA of 3.0, with a GPA of 3.3 in political science courses. The accelerated program is limited to students majoring in political science who have a minimum of nine credit hours in political science courses.

To be considered for acceptance into the program and before enrolling in 600-level Master of Public Administration courses, a student must complete the graduate school application, submit standardized test scores and supply the supporting information required for admission. Upon being accepted into the accelerated program, a student must meet the same standards of performance as a graduate student that are described in detail in the “Satisfactory Progress” section of the Graduate Bulletin, must maintain a 3.0 GPA and must satisfactorily complete all of the requirements for the degree, as stated in this bulletin. Guidance to students admitted to the accelerated program is given by the public administration program director. Students should contact the M.P.A. graduate director for more information about admission procedures.

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 120 hours of course work. Of these credits, 33 must be in political science. Of the 33 political science credits, 15 are required (POLI 103 U.S. Government, POLI/INTL 105 International Relations, POLI 107 Political Theory, POLI 109 Comparative Politics and POLI 490 Senior Seminar). Students enrolled in the accelerated program may take up to six credits of graduate public administration courses in each of the final two semesters of their undergraduate course work. These courses are shared credits with the graduate program, meaning that they will be applied toward the undergraduate degree requirement and the graduate degree requirement. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken prior to the completion of the baccalaureate degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded when the student has completed all the requirements for the undergraduate degree, which may include the 12 graduate public administration credits.

The graduate courses that may be taken in the public administration program once a student is admitted to the accelerated program are as follows:

All accelerated program students must have their course schedules approved by the graduate public administration program director prior to registration.



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