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

The combined degree program between the Department of Political Science and The Bush School of Government and Public Service allows undergraduate Political Science students to enter the Master of Public Service Program, with a focus in Public Policy Analysis, at the beginning of their fourth year at Texas A&M University. This program combines the teaching of analytical thinking skills and applications to better understand human behavior as it relates to public policy and management along with skills in leadership and research methods.

Students will be required to complete the same two-year, 48-hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPSA program. Students will double-count up to 9 hours of Bush School coursework towards the undergraduate major coursework and up to 9 hours towards general electives in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. At the completion of the program, students are prepared for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities including: employment in local, state or federal government, non-profit organizations, or government contracting.

Students interested in this program will apply during the spring semester of their junior year and, if admitted, begin taking masters-level courses in the fall semester of their senior year with an undergraduate classification. Students are reclassified as degree seeking master's students upon completing 102 credit hours, typically in the third semester of the program. Prior to being reclassified, a student must have completed all requirements for their bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American history 3
Foreign language 1 4
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 3
Foreign language 1 4
Mathematics 2 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
POLS 200 Foundations of Political Science 3
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
POLS 209 Introduction to Political Science Research 4 3
Communication 3
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
Fall
Select two of the following: 6
Introduction to Political Theory  
Introduction to Comparative Politics  
Introduction to World Politics  
Politics and Policy in the United States  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3 3
General elective 3 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Political Theory  
Introduction to Comparative Politics  
Introduction to World Politics  
Politics and Policy in the United States  
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Political Science elective 5 3
Political Science elective 5 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
BUSH 631 Quantitative Methods in Public Management I 6 3
PSAA 601 Foundations of Public Service 7 3
PSAA 621 Economic Analysis 7 3
PSAA 643 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
PSAA 611 Public Policy Formation 6 3
BUSH elective 6 3
BUSH elective 8 3
PSAA elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
Fall
PSAA 675 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar 3
BUSH/PSAA elective 8 3
BUSH/PSAA elective 8 3
PSAA elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
PSAA 676 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II 3
PSAA elective 8 3
PSAA elective 8 3
PSAA elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

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 typically in the second year of the graduate portion of this program.

The program includes a total of 168 hours which up to 18 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Public Service Administration.

Graduation requirements include a requirement for 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. Select in consultation with an academic advisor.