Political Science - 5-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Service Administration

Students admitted into this program will be enrolled in Bush School graduate courses with an undergraduate classification for the fall of their fourth year and will be re-classified as degree seeking master’s degree students upon completing 120 credit hours, typically in the following semester. These credit hours must include all specific course prerequisites for a baccalaureate degree in Political Science, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. Students will be required to complete the same two-year, 48 hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPSA program.

POLS 200Foundations of Political Science3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
POLS 209Introduction to Political Science Research 13
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Political Theory
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to World Politics
Politics and Policy in the United States
Political Science electives15
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Foreign language14
Mathematics 26
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy, and culture or creative arts3
Life and physical sciences9
Social and behavioral sciences 36
American history6
International and Cultural Diversity 4
Free electives 322
Total Semester Credit Hours120
MPSA Degree Requirements48
BUSH 631Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
PSAA 601Foundations of Public Service
PSAA 611Public Policy Formation
PSAA 621Economic Analysis
PSAA 643Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
PSAA 675Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar
PSAA 676Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II
Select one of the following:
Quantitative Methods in Public Management II
Quantitative Methods in Public Management II: Policy Analysis Emphasis
Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Select two of the following:
Policy Analysis
Public Finance
Budgeting in Public Service
Public Management
Fiscal Management for Nonprofits
Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations

No more than 36 credits in political science may be applied to the degree.

A grade of C or better is required for a course to be counted in the major field.

Other courses may qualify for the college and university requirements. Student should consult the approved list of courses in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts. No course can be counted in more than one category.

Students are reclassified as degree seeking master's students upon completing 120 credit hours, typically in the following semester.

Up to 18 hours of the MPSA course requirements may also be counted toward the Political Science undergraduate degree requirements.