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BA in Political Science/MIA

The combined BA/MIA program is a highly competitive program that allows you to finish your BA in political science and simultaneously work on a master's in International Affairs. Students enroll in graduate courses during their senior year that concurrently count toward both the BA and the MIA degrees. 

The Advantages

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 program should allow you to finish the master's degree in about one-and-a-half years after completing the bachelor's degree. The program results in significant monetary savings. Up to 12 credits of graduate courses can be taken at the undergraduate tuition rate and by finishing a semester early you will save a full semester of tuition and fees.

Why a Master's in International Affairs? 

An MIA will help you develop a wide range of job possibilities. Our graduates are prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations both domestic and abroad, federal and state governments, international non-government organizations and for-profit organizations that coordinate with the public sector. The University's MIA program provides excellent training in international affairs in a variety of specialized fields. Concentrations and areas of specialization include Diplomacy and Global Governance, Global and Homeland Security, Global Public Management, International Development Administration and Information Technology Policy and Management. Further, students in our program can take advantage of our comprehensive career services office to participate in an internship locally, nationally or on the international level.

Program Requirements

Requirements for the BA/MIA 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 MIA. Finally, you must meet all of the requirements for the MIA.

Combined Program Admission

The dual BA/MIA 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/MIA 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.