The BA/MPA program allows undergraduate students who have elective hours in their senior year to begin taking graduate classes at that time. To that end, they need to submit their application to the BA/MPA Program at least two semesters prior to their expected graduation date. Upon successful admission to the BA/MPA Program and after earning the BA degree, students will be formally admitted to the Graduate School and continue their graduate coursework. Students who are able to take two to four graduate courses in their senior year could complete their Master's degree in one additional year.

**4+1 is not technically a graduate program, but provides an alternative pathway to get into the MPA program.


See undergraduate criteria – meet departmental standard for BA honors (3.4 / 3.5 GPA)

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Completed undergrad methodology courses with > B
  • Apply as juniors
  • Senior year, take two to three grad courses – if perform well and meet admission requirements they could enroll in the program in the fall. Grad classes taken in the senior year would count toward program
  • Grad courses cannot double count

For more information about this program, please contact:
Dr. Kim Conger, MPA Director, Associate Professor of Political Science