Programs

The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students are able to benefit from academic and experiential learning opportunities in the Capital Region and beyond to develop a strong foundation for careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors as well as careers in teaching and research.

Undergraduate

Political Science BA | +MIA Option | +MPA Option | +MS Option | +MA Option |

Political Science BA | +MIA Option | +MPA Option | +MS Option | +MA Option |

Public Policy and Management BA | +MIA Option | +MPA Option | +MS Option | +MA Option |

Public Policy and Management BA | +MIA Option | +MPA Option | +MS Option | +MA Option |
Masters

Political Science MA

Public Administration and Policy MPA | Fully Online Option | +JD Option |

Public Administration and Policy MPA | Fully Online Option | +JD Option |

Legal Studies Minor

Rockefeller College’s minor in Legal Studies is open to all students. The minor is designed to introduce students to the various roles law plays in society and to the interdisciplinary study of law. If you are interested in law-related topics and/or are considering going to law school, this minor would be a good primer. 

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The Legal Studies minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits. At least 15 of which must have law-related content, nine must be in coursework at or above the 300 level or courses requiring at least one prerequisite course, and at least 12 of which must come from courses with an RPOS prefix. 

For majors other than Political Science, students must take a 100-level RPOS course (101, 102, or 103), plus 15 law-related credits, including RPOS 326. 

For Political Science majors with concentrations other than Public Law, students must take an elective at any level with an RPOS prefix, plus 15-law related credits, including RPOS 326. 

For more information, contact [email protected].

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Combined Bachelor's and Master's 

You can combine a Political Science BA and Public Policy and Management BA with a master’s in public administration (MPA) or international affairs (MIA) at Rockefeller through our highly competitive and highly ranked graduate programs. You can also combine a BA with an MA in political science. These programs enable you to continue your studies at Rockefeller College and complete our nationally ranked MPA program or our MA and MIA programs by taking graduate coursework as an undergraduate student and accelerating your master’s degree.

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In each section below, you can combine any bachelor’s program on the left with the master’s program on the right.
 

Bachelor’s
Master’s

Political Science

Political Science (MA)


Bachelor’s
Master’s

Political Science

International Affairs (MIA)

Public Policy

 


Bachelor’s
Master’s

Political Science

Public Administration (MPA)

Public Policy

 

Sociology

 

Economics

 


 

Combined Program Admission Requirements

The combined 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 (MPA & MIA). The best time to apply is during your junior year. The department accepts applications for both the fall and spring semesters.

 

Application Deadlines
  • Spring: December 1
  • Fall: February 1 (priority) & April 1 (secondary)

Please contact Rockefeller's Director of Undergraduate Student Services Zakhar Berkovich ([email protected], Humanities B-16) to assess your eligibility for the program.

 

Application Materials
  • Completed Degree Application
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate work to date
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 1-2 page statement of background and goals
  • Resume
  • $75 application fee

Note: GRE not required for admission

Combined Programs With Other Institutions

Rockefeller College offers combined BA/MPA/MIA programs with other institutions. These programs give outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to join Rockefeller's nationally ranked MPA program before graduation.
 

Institution

Program

SUNY Fredonia
BA/MPA
SUNY Geneseo
BA/MPA
SUNY New Paltz
BA/MIA
SUNY Oneonta
BA/MPA
SUNY Oswego
BA/MIA
SUNY Potsdam
BA/MPA, BA/MIA
SUNY Purchase
BA/MPA
Siena College
BA/MPA, BA/MIA