Combined BA in Political Science/MPA
The combined BA/MPA program is a highly competitive program that allows you to finish your BA in political science and simultaneously work on a master's in public administration. Students enroll in graduate courses during their senior year that simultaneously count toward both the BA and the MPA degrees.
Admission to the graduate school occurs during your junior year, without the need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). As a result of beginning graduate courses during your undergraduate program, you will complete the master's degree more quickly. The combined program should allow you to finish the master's degree in about one-and-a-half years after completing the bachelor's degree. The combined program results in significant monetary savings. First, you can take up to 12 credits of graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate. Second, by finishing a semester early you will save a full semester of tuition and fees. This can potentially translate into a savings of almost $6,500 for those who have established in-state residency.
Why a Master's in Public Administration?
An MPA will help you develop a wide range of job possibilities. Our graduates are prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local governments, and for-profit organizations that coordinate with the public sector.
The University's MPA program is nationally ranked. It provides excellent training in public administration in a variety of specialized fields. Concentrations include Public Management, Public Finance, Nonprofit Management, Health Policy, Homeland Security, Policy Analysis, Information Strategy and Management, and Local Government Management. Further, students in our program can take advantage of our strategic location in Albany to participate in an internship in a nonprofit organization, government agency, or legislative office.
Requirements for the combined program are straightforward. First, you must meet all the regular requirements for the BA in political science. These include sub-field requirements, the minimum liberal arts and sciences graduation credit requirement, the residency requirement, the general education requirements, and a 400-level course that requires a major research or writing project. Second, you can take up to 12 graduate credits during your senior year which can be applied to the 36 credits needed for the BA in political science as well as the courses required for the MPA. Finally, you must meet all of the requirements for the MPA.
Combined Program Admission
The dual BA/MPA program is highly competitive.* In order for your application to be reviewed, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher, have completed 56 total credits hours toward your BA, and have received a grade of B or higher in two quantitative courses. The best time to apply is during your junior year. The department only accepts BA/MPA applications for fall admission. The application deadline is June 15th, at which point all applications are reviewed. An interview may be required.
*Meeting the above requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. The program is highly competitive and selective. As a result, the minimum level of qualifications of admitted students are likely to be higher than what is required to apply.
For complete admissions requirements, please visit our admissions page.
Note: You do not need to take the GRE.