B.A. in Political Science/MPA


Students selecting the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration option are expected to meet the current M.P.A. admission requirements, with the exception that they are not required to have obtained their baccalaureate degrees.

Undergraduate students are not normally accepted until the end of their junior year. All applicants for admission are required to have a cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.00 and to have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 96 undergraduate credits, which would normally indicate that all of the students’ requirements for three years of study have been fully satisfied. Students applying for admission to the B.A./M.P.A. option program must submit a letter from their undergraduate department chairperson certifying that these requirements have been met.

In addition, applicants must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in their junior year and earned a satisfactory score. Prospective students must be interviewed by the director of the Public Administration Institute. If the student does not earn a 3.00 average in the first semester, he/she will be reassigned to his/her undergraduate program.

The B.A. in political science/M.P.A. combined degree is offered on the Metropolitan Campus. A total of 150 credits is normally required to complete the B.A./M.P.A. combined degree program. Thirty-nine of these credits must be earned on the graduate level.

General Education Requirements  (53 credits)

College Competencies (24 credits)
                        ENWR1101   Academic Writing
                        ENWR1102   Academic Research & Writing
                        Speech/Professional Communication
                        Quantitative Analysis
                        Math or Technology or Statistics
                        Ethical and Moral Analysis:
                        POLS2606   Ethics and Politics
                        Scientific Analysis
 Liberal Arts Distribution  (21 credits)
                        Language
                        Social and Behavioral Sciences
                        POLS1101     Intro. to Criminal Justice
                        POLS2231    Comp Government & Politics
                        Art and Culture
                        Humanities
 University Requirements (8 credits)
                        UNIV1001   Transitioning to University Life
                        UNIV1002   Preparing for Professional Life
                        UNIV2001   Cross-cultural Perspectives 
                        UNIV2002   Global Issues

Major Requirements (33 credits)

Required Major Courses (12 credits)

POLS2232     History of Political Thought
POLS2251     Foreign Policy of the United States
POLS2253     American Government
POLS3313     Political Science Seminar (or)
POLS4875     Honors in Political Science

Major Elective Courses (21 credits)

Minor/SAC: (15 credits)
Free Electives (10 credits)
Graduate MPA Courses (9 credits)

PADM6602     Budgeting and Finance
PADM6603     Public Policy Administration
PADM6680     Information Technology Management

2Additional Graduate Courses (30 credits)

PADM6600     Public and Nonprofit Management
PADM6601     Organization Theory
PADM6604     Human Resources Management
PADM6610     Quantitative Methods for Administrators
Public Administration Electives (15 credits)
PADM6821     M.P.A. Project Report

A minimum of 150 credits is required for graduation (120 for the BA and an additional 30 for the MPA). Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENGL1101 and ENGL1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with public speaking and oral presentations, typically a course in Speech.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level. Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering.

MATH, TECHNOLOGY or STATISTICS:  Students will take 3 credits of an upper level math course at a level higher than the course fulfilled in Quantitative Analysis:  either MATH 1105, 1107, 1201, 2202, 2243, or 2337, or one of the following courses:  ENGR 1301, ENGR 2286, ENGR 3000, CENG 1205/EGTC1205, CENG 1245/EGTC 1245, EGTC 3261, EGTM 2230, EGTM 2232, CSCI 1105, CSCI 1201, any CSCI courses above 1201, any INFO prefix, or PSYC 2201. Students must fulfill any applicable prerequisites for a course before taking it. In addition, they can take either MATH2337 or PSYC2201, but not both in their course of study since MATH2337 and PSYC2201 cover many similar topics.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  For Political Science majors this course should be POLS2606: Ethics & Politics.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science from BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, MBIO, or PHYS.

LANGUAGE:  Depending on the score obtained on the placement test, students will take either one 1102-level class (NOT 1101) or an intermediate-level class. If score is above the intermediate level (or can demonstrate equivalent proficiency via a reputable test), they are excused from the language requirement. AP scores of 5 automatically exempt students from the language requirement.

ARTS AND CULTURE:  Take six credits of coursework in DAN, MUSIC, THEA, LANG, or any advisor approved Foreign Language, or ART1141, ART1142, ART1144, ART1151, ART1153, ART1157, ART1158, ART1159, ART1161, ART1167, ART1169, ART1181, ART1187, ART1189, ART1832, ART1841, COMM2104, COMM2210, COMM2415, COMM2103, COMM2743, COMM2745, or EPS 1201.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  This requirement will be satisfied by the required major courses POLS 1101 and POLS 2231.

HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

2GRADUATE PROGRAM ADMISSION: Undergraduate students normally apply for graduate admissions during their junior year and are accepted at the end of their junior year. Candidates seeking admission for the graduate program are required submit a graduate application and take the GREs during their junior year, and have achieved a minimum CGPR of 3.00 by the end of their junior year