Five-Year BA/MA in Political Science

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In January of the second semester of their junior year, qualified political science majors will be eligible to apply to earn an M.A. in political science in conjunction with their B.A. degree. Interested students who meet the requirements (see box) may apply for one of a limited number of spaces by submitting a personal statement and three academic letters of recommendation.  

The Five-Year B.A./M.A. program allows undergraduate students to earn a Master's degree in half the time and at half the price of a regular M.A. degree. Masters degrees are increasingly expected for many entry-level positions in the public and non-profit sector as well as for acceptance in competitive Ph.D. programs. 

If you are accepted to the program you will take three political science graduate courses along with your remaining undergraduate courses in your senior year.  The three graduate courses will be applied to both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.  You will take your remaining seven graduate courses in your fifth year, typically by taking one course over the summer and three courses each during the fall and spring semesters.

Participating students are only required to pay for five of their ten graduate courses at graduate tuition rates.  You are granted full tuition remission for your final two courses in the program.  The three double-counted graduate courses are included with your undergraduate tuition. 

Continuing in the Program

Seniors need to complete permission cards to enroll in graduate courses.  During the last semester of undergraduate work (typically the eighth semester), students fill out the first two pages of the Graduate Studies Application Form to receive formal admission to the M.A. program.  The Political Science Graduate Committee evaluates the applications, with admission contingent upon maintaining a qualifying cumulative undergraduate GPA and on the grades in the graduate courses completed during senior year.  You must retain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout years four and five to remain in good standing.  For more information contact Markus Kreuzer, Political Science Graduate Director.

Eligibility Details

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.3
  • GPA of at least 3.3 in the major
  • Completion of four foundational courses: American Government (PSC 1100), International Relations (PSC 1200), Comparative Politics (PSC 1300), Political Theory (PSC 1400)
  • Completion of at least two focal and/or specialized courses


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Specifics

In every college BA/MA program, undergraduates must earn at least a "B" grade in each graduate course for that course to be counted on his/her graduate transcript. Grades below "B" will still count toward the undergraduate degree. For transfer credit, only courses in which a "B" or better is earned may be transferred to the graduate transcript.