Political Science Department


International Relations/MAGI Joint BA/MA Program

This program makes it possible for students to complete an undergraduate (B.A.) and a graduate degree (M.A.) in five years of full-time enrollment, depending on course load.

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Who is Eligible?

To be admitted to the program, students must have at least a 3.25 GPA overall, a declared major in International Relations, and at least a 3.5 GPA in coursework within the major.  Students must have completed 90 credits at the undergraduate level, at least 15 of which must be from a 4-year institution.  Finally, students must have taken the following courses:  PSC 231, PSC 251, ECN 201 and ECN 202.

How does this differ from completing the BA degree and then moving on to the MA?

During senior year, students will be taking MA-level courses, along with graduate students.  These courses will be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.  The degree is completed by an additional year of courses as a graduate student.  As a result, what would normally take 12 semesters could take 10.

I am now an IR major.  What if I don’t know whether or not I want to do this program?

Put off taking PSC 328 until you are a Senior.  If you take 328 before applying, you will have to take PSC 502 in addition.  This will slow down your ability to graduate.  If you decide not to be in the program, you can take 328 and get the BA degree.  If you want to move on, you can apply for the program, then enroll in 502 to do the “4+1” option.

When should I decide on the 4 + 1 option?

As early as possible.  Schedule an appointment to meet with a Political Science department adviser in your sophomore year.  You should be applying during your Junior year.  If you wait until your Senior year, you may end up taking 1-3 more courses than would otherwise have been required.

What are the standards for continuing and completing the 4 + 1 program?

While enrolled in the program, students must maintain good standing in graduate courses, according to Graduate College standards (see Graduate Catalog, Academic Regulations).  All requirements for both degrees must be met to complete the program.

What if I lose eligibility to continue the program?

You will be advised to complete the undergraduate IR program requirements and graduate with a BA in International Relations, but will not be allowed to take any further graduate courses in the program.

Where and how do I apply?

Apply at the Department of Political Science, Rhodes Tower, Room 1744.