B.A./M.A. in Political Science

This accelerated five-year program in political science offers a unique gateway to informed citizenship and prepares you for a future career in government, public policy, law, education, advocacy and activism. In this program, you will take a close look at the nature of the state and the structure of government at all levels. You will learn about the roots of political power, and explore the intersecting roles that political ideologies, the law, economics, race and ethnicity, and psychological factors play in human governance. Building on a wealth of courses in five subject areas – Political Theory, American Government, International Relations, Comparative Government and Public Administration – students can expand and deepen their knowledge through such electives as "Women in Contemporary Politics" and "Machiavelli and Machiavellianism: The Acquisition, Exercise, and Maintenance of Power." Undergraduates have the opportunity to take 12 graduate credits their senior year.

The M.A. program offers two tracks. Option I, which requires writing a master's thesis, is designed for candidates who intend to pursue a doctoral degree. Students choosing Option II must pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate a graduate-level mastery of the field. The combined bachelor's and master's degree program requires the completion of 141 credits. Designed for ambitious and talented students, this innovative five-year program offers two accredited degrees in less time and for less money.


  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above. Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. When students have completed fewer than 24 credits, they must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Admission to the upper division of the B.A./M.A. in Political Science program (master's degree level) requires completion of at least 60 credits with a grade point average of no lower than 3.0 (B) overall and a major grade point average of no lower than 3.0 (B). Admission requires acceptance of the student by the graduate director in the Department of Political Science.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean