Political Science - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/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
POLS 308Game Theoretic Methods in Political Science3
POLS 309Polimetrics3
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
Select one of the following options:9
Option 1:
Introduction to Logic
Finite Mathematics
Business Calculus
Option 2:
Introduction to Logic
Engineering Mathematics I
Engineering Mathematics II
Option 3:
Introduction to Logic
Analytic Geometry and Calculus
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts3
Life and physical sciences9
Social and behavioral sciences 26
American history6
International and cultural diversity 3
Free electives 227
Total Semester Credit Hours120
MPSA Degree Requirements48
Foundations of Public Service
Public Policy Formation
Economic Analysis
Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar
Public 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 one of the following:
Public Finance
Public Management
Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Select one of the following:
Policy Analysis
Budgeting in Public Service
Fiscal Management for Nonprofits

No more than 39 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.

18 hours of the MPSA course requirements can double count for the Political Science undergraduate degree requirements.