This program leads to both the B.S. or B.A. and M.A. in Political Science degrees. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the Political Science Department as majors who will complete the accelerated program with a politics and governance emphasis. The program is open to all undergraduates who major in Political Science and have completed at least 96 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Students who have met these standards in their B.A. or B.S. degree program in Political Science must also apply for admission to the Political Science M.A. program under the special provisions of this program. Students must meet the application deadlines given by the Graduate School. To qualify for this program, applicants must take the GRE and meet one of the following:
Score better than the 50th percentile in both quantitative and verbal
Average better than 65th percentile for combined quantitative and verbal
A select number of seats are reserved for University Honors students who meet the above admission criteria; and as such, are guaranteed entry into the program.
Students must complete all the requirements for the Political Science B.A. or B.S. degree programs as well as all general education requirements by the end of their junior year. Beginning with the first semester of their senior year, students will start taking classes in the Political Science M.A. program. These courses will count toward the final 24 credits of the undergraduate degree. Upon receiving their undergraduate degree, students will then follow the standard timetable for receiving a M.A. in Political Science. Students in the Political Science Accelerated M.A. program are not bound by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policy that prohibits students from earning more than 60 credit hours in their major.