Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master's Degrees in Political Science
Earn your bachelor's and master's 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. or B.S. / M.A. in Political Science
All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.
Dr. Parker Hevron, POLS Program Director and Graduate Director for History and Political Science
Application Deadlines for the Accelerated Degree Program
For fall semester: March 1
For spring semester: November 1
**No summer admissions**
To apply to the program, students must
- be a current 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 BA.
- have a minimum of 12 hours remaining in political science courses toward the major.
How to Apply
Students interested in applying to the accelerated program in Political Science are encouraged to contact Dr. Parker Hevron prior to applying.
- Complete the application form.
- Applicants must submit the following materials in a single email to Dr. Parker Hevron. Submit as PDFs; include the student’s name and "Political Science Accelerated Master's Degree" 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.
- Applicants must provide one recommendation letter in support of application from a current History or Political Science faculty member in the TWU department. Recommenders should include the applicant's name and “Political Science Accelerated Master's Degree” in the subject line.
- Once admitted by the department, apply to the Graduate School. Students cannot enroll in graduate-level coursework until accepted by the Graduate School.
- Students interested in a graduate assistantship should also submit an application to the POLS Department Chair in the semester they complete the bachelor's degree.
Dr. Parker Hevron
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