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Accelerated Masters Program for Undergraduates—B.A. in Political Science and Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

The accelerated program in Political Science and Public Affairs provides the opportunity for a student to complete a B.A. in Political Science (122 s.h.) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the Master of Public Affairs degree.

Interested students should:

  • Have some Advanced Placement credit upon admission to UNCG in order to reduce the number of required undergraduate hours. See “Course Credit and Advanced Placement” to see courses for which AP credit is available.
  • Identify themselves as potential accelerated candidates early in their academic careers in order to receive appropriate advising. Although formal admission to an accelerated program usually occurs in the junior year, careful selection of undergraduate courses beginning in the freshman year is essential. Interested students should talk with an advisor in the department of Political Science as early as possible.
  • Plan to take the GRE in the spring of the junior year.
  • Seek admission to The Graduate School in the fall of the senior year; students will not be allowed to enroll for spring M.P.A. courses (see F below) unless admitted to the M.P.A. program.

Requirements for Combined Accelerated B.A.
in Political Science and Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

A. GEC Component (36–37 semester hours)

See complete GEC requirements, available AP credit and CAR requirements.

 

B. College of Arts & Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See complete CAR requirements.

 

C. Political Science Major Requirements (30 semester hours)

1. American Politics & Policy: PSC 100, 210

6

2. International & Comparative: PSC 260, 240

6

3. Research Methods: PSC 301

3

4. Electives: 300 level and above

15

Total semester hours

30

 

D. Recommended Electives (15 semester hours)

1. CST 341

3

2. ECO 201, 202, 260

9

3. SOC 101

3

Total semester hours

15

 

Total undergraduate requirements

94

 

E. Other Undergraduate Electives

28

 

Total undergraduate semester hours

122

 

F. Related Requirements for Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) (43 semester hours)

 

 

Senior Year (15 s.h.)

 

PSC 600, 602, 511C (fall)

7

PSC 601, 603, 603L, 511B (spring)

8

Summer following Senior Year (6 s.h.)

 

PSC 695, 696 Internship

6

Graduate or 5th Year (19 s.h.)

 

PSC 511J, 604, two electives, Comps I (fall)

10

PSC 612, two electives, Comps II (spring)

9

Summer (3 s.h.)

 

One PSC elective

3

Total M.P.A. semester hours

43