Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master's Degrees in Political Science
Earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time at TWU.
Our BA to MA and BS to MA programs in political science provide exceptional undergraduate students an avenue toward accelerated completion of a master’s degree. Students in the Bachelor’s to Master’s Accelerated Programs (BMAP) will complete 12 graduate hours during their final 30 hours of undergraduate coursework that will count toward both their BA/BS and MA degrees. A competitive program, the BMAP accepts no more than 10% of the undergraduate population during any given year. The program is open only to political science majors, and program participants may choose to specialize in legal studies or politics, policy and public service.
Students planning to apply for this program should seek advising as soon as possible, preferably during their sophomore year of study. Once admitted to the program, students must meet with the program advisor at least one time each semester prior to registering for courses. During the semester of graduation from the BA/BS program, students should seek advice from the graduate advisor to plan for the subsequent semesters of only graduate courses.
- Tracks and plans of study
- Course Rotation
When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.
Check out the links below for specific admissions information:
- How to apply
- Freshman Student Admissions
- Transfer Student Admissions
- International Student Admissions
- Other Types of Undergraduate Admissions
Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.
Admission to the Accelerated B.A.-B.S./M.A. in Political Science
Dr. Parker Hevron
POLS Program Director and Graduate Director for History and Political Science
- Fall - March 1st
- Spring - November 1st
- No summer admissions
To apply to the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's program in Political Science, students must:
- Be currently enrolled as a TWU Political Science major.
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
- Have successfully completed a minimum of 72 but no more than 90 hours of coursework toward the bachelor's.
- Have a minimum of 12 hours remaining in political science courses toward the major.
How to Apply to the Accelerated Program
Students interested in applying to the accelerated program in Political Science are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator prior to applying.
To apply, students must:
- Complete the Accelerated Program in Political Science application form. (link coming in July).
- Applicants must submit the following materials as PDFs in a single email to the Program Coordinator. Include the student’s name and TWU I.D. number with "Political Science Accelerated Program" in the subject line.
- A statement of purpose.
- An academic writing sample of 10-15 pages (double-spaced). Writing samples should demonstrate the ability to make well-researched arguments with effective proofs; to use clear, articulate prose; and to employ a standard style such as MLA or APA to document sources.
- One recommendation letter from a current TWU History or Political Science faculty member should be sent directly to the Program Coordinator in support of the student's application. Recommenders should include the applicant's name and "Political Science Accelerated Program" in the subject line.
- Once admitted to the Accelerated Program students must apply to the graduate M.A. in Political Science program. Students cannot enroll in graduate-level coursework until accepted by the Graduate School.
Accelerated Graduate Program Policy Guidelines
Students may apply to the accelerated graduate degree program once they have attained advanced junior standing with at least 72 undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH). Upon admission to an accelerated program, students with senior standing (90 earned SCH) may enroll in graduate courses for credit. Approved courses will apply to both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.
- Undergraduate students may enroll in no more than 6 SCH of graduate coursework in each semester or term.
- Minimal criteria for admission will include a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. The program may set higher GPA requirements as outlined on their TWU graduate program website at the time of graduate application.
- Once admitted to an accelerated program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the remainder of their baccalaureate degree, or their admission to the accelerated graduate program may be revoked. Academic components may set additional requirements for their programs.
Graduate Application Process
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional graduate admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the graduate program's website.
Dr. Parker Hevron
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