Combined Programs

 

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Designed for high-achieving students in political science, combined degree programs allow students to complete a master’s degree on an accelerated timeline by double-counting some classes toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The Political Science Department offers five combined degree options, catered to students interested in advanced study of political science, public administration, public policy, legislative affairs and political management.

 


Combined Political Science Program

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The combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Political Science allows students to take nine graduate credits as part of their undergraduate program. Students in the BA/MA program learn the core principles of political science and go on to master one of three tracks: American Politics, World Politics or Law and Politics.

Questions? Contact the advisor for this combined program.

Students interested in the dual degree program should confer with the department's graduate adviser early in their junior year. Once students have completed 60 undergraduate credits, they may proceed with the CCAS Combined Degree application process. GRE scores are not required. In addition to the form, the Department of Political Science requires students to submit to the department office: 

  • A statement of purpose
  • A letter of recommendation from a current faculty member
  • A résumé or CV

All requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Arts in Political Science degrees must be fulfilled. 

 


Combined Public Policy and Public Administration Programs

 

The Department of Political Science and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration jointly offer two combined undergraduate/graduate degree options: a BA in Political Science/Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a BA in Political Science/Master of Public Policy (MPP).

The BA/MPA and BA/MPP combined degree programs substitute 12 graduate-level credits for upper-division undergraduate courses, allowing students to complete the graduate degree on a shorter timeline.

Questions? Contact the advisor for these combined programs.

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Students interested in the dual degree program should confer with the department's graduate adviser early in their junior year. Once students have completed 60 undergraduate credits, they may proceed with the CCAS Combined Degree application process. GRE scores are not required. In addition to the form, the Department of Political Science requires students to submit to the department office: 

  • A statement of purpose
  • A letter of recommendation from a current faculty member
  • A résumé or CV

All requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Public Administration degrees must be fulfilled. 

The combined degree program substitutes 12 graduate-level credits for upper-division undergraduate courses, allowing students to complete the degree on a shorter timeline. Upon admission, students are granted 12 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only 28 credit hours to complete the MPA degree. Students must obtain advisor approval for their 12 chosen credits.

All requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Arts in Public Policy degrees must be fulfilled. 

Similar to the BA/MPA degree, the BA/MPP degree program substitutes 12 graduate-level credits from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration for upper-division undergraduate courses, allowing students to complete the degree on a shorter timeline. Students must obtain advisor approval for their 12 chosen credits.

 


Combined Political Management Programs

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The Department of Political Science and the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) jointly offer two BA in Political Science/Master of Professional Studies (MPS) combined degree options.

The BA/MPS in Political Management degree prepares students to plan and win campaigns for elective office and policy positions and find ethical solutions to political dilemmas. Students learn about topics like principled leadership and how to analyze political data. Three political management courses are double-counted for undergraduate and graduate credit.

The BA/MPS in Legislative Affairs is ideal for political science majors interested in careers in legislative affairs and politics. Three legislative affairs courses are double-counted for undergraduate and graduate credit.

Questions? Contact the advisor for these combined programs.

Once students have completed 60 undergraduate credits, they may proceed with the official GSPM application process. GRE scores are not required. The application materials must include:

  • 3.3 GPA in all GW coursework.
  • Personal statement: In an essay of roughly 250-500 words, please explain why you are interested in pursuing the five-year option and why you should be considered for admission. Among the issues you should address are these:  What intellectual issues in political science do you find intriguing? Why are you interested in graduate studies in the field? What special skills and knowledge can you contribute to the graduate program?
  • Two letters of recommendation from Political Science Department faculty, to be submitted through the online application.

Students must apply to the MPS program in the last semester of undergraduate coursework.

  • Fall admission: June 15 
  • Spring admission: November 15
  • Summer admission: April 15

All requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Professional Studies in Legislative Affairs degrees must be fulfilled.

Double-Counted Courses

Students must choose three of four specific legislative affairs courses to be double-counted for both undergraduate and graduate program credit: 

  • LGAF 6201 Politics and Public Policy
  • LGAF 6202 Legislative Politics
  • LGAF 6203 Executive Legislative Relations
  • LGAF 6204 Research Methods

These courses will count for three of the four upper-level elective courses required for the political science major and may be taken during the second semester of junior year and throughout the senior year.

All requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Professional Studies in Political Management degrees must be fulfilled.

Double-Counted Courses

Students pursuing a BA/MPS should plan to choose three of four specific graduate courses as an undergraduate:

  • PMGT 6401: Fundamentals of Political Management
  • PMGT 6402: Applied Political Communications
  • PMGT 6403 Political Data and Analytics
  • PMGT 6404: Principled Political Leadership