Department Campus Address:
Department of Political Science
University of Cincinnati
Crosley Tower, room 1110
Mail Location - 0375
Office: (513) 556-3300
Undergraduate political science and international affairs majors at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to earn the MA in Political Science as a natural extension of their undergraduate work. The Master's degree could enhance job prospects in government service, admission to law school, and recruitment to public policy positions in government or private industry. Students with the Master's degree enter civil service positions at a significantly higher grade level than those with only a bachelor's degree.
The BA + MA program (sometimes referred to as a "4+1" program) allows students who have elective hours in their senior year to begin taking graduate classes at that time. After earning the BA degree degree and completing the admission requirements for the MA program, students will be formally admitted to the Graduate School and continue their graduate coursework. Students who are able to complete two to three graduate courses in their senior year should be able to complete their Master's degree in one additional year. Note that undergraduate students may only enroll for a maximum of 10 graduate credits during their undergraduate studies.
The admissions process involves two steps::
1) Students may apply for the program at any time during the junior year. If accepted, they begin taking courses for graduate credit with permission of the graduate director.
2) During the senior year, students apply to the MA program via the Graduate School's online application system. After completing all requirements for the bachelor's degree and the MA program application, students will be admitted to the Graduate School.
When taking graduate courses in the senior year, students will be charged undergraduate tuition for a full-time course load. After being formally admitted to the Graduate School, students in the BA+MA program will be charged graduate tuition for their coursework but will receive a tuition scholarship equal to 25% of graduate tuition for two semesters of full-time graduate study.
To apply for acceptance into the BA + MA program, students should submit the application form along with the required documents to the Political Science Office in Crosley 1110.
Political Science or International Affairs Majors
Majors other than Political Science or International Affairs may also apply
Requirements for Formal Admission to the MA program
Requirements of the MA program
Students in the BA + MA program must meet all the departmental requirements to earn the Master's degree including 30 credits of graduate work. See the department's MA requirements page for details.