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Five-Year BA/MA Program

Department of Political Science


The Political Science BA/MA program allows qualified students to double-count 6 graduate credits (taken their senior year) toward their bachelor’s degree and toward an M.A. in Political Science. The program offers students an excellent and efficient strategy to attain the skills and capacities necessary for a broad array of career paths.

Who Qualifies?

Political Science majors with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and that are within two semesters of graduating will be invited to apply.

How do I Apply?

Once invited, interested students will submit an application, unofficial transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to the Department of Political Science office, A&S 208. Please note that the two letters of recommendation must come from university faculty members, and at least one of the two must be from a UW Department of Political Science faculty member.


Applications are due Friday, February 23, 2018. Download the application.

Organization of the Program

Qualified applicants will receive provisional acceptance to the program in their junior year and will be required to take the GRE in the fall of their senior year. GRE scores will be considered for full and final acceptance to the M.A. program, which will be made once the student has completed the B.A.

During the senior year, students will take 6 graduate credits to be double-counted toward their BA and MA in Political Science. Students may take an additional 6 hours of credit to be reserved for graduate credit, but these will not count toward the BA. To earn graduate-level credit, students must achieve at least a 3.0 in the course. Students will be granted a BA upon completion of the credit hours required for the undergraduate degree in Political Science. Unsatisfactory performance (falling below a GPA of 3.2 in the final year of undergraduate study) will terminate participation in the five-year program. Students in the 5 Year BA/MA Program will complete all requirements for the MA in Political Science.


Students must maintain a cumulative and departmental GPA of 3.2 and at least a 3.0 in 5000-level courses to remain in good standing in the program. Failure to meet the GPA requirement places a student on probation for one semester. If the GPA requirement is not met after that semester, the student will be suspended from the program.


Sample Path through the Program, Senior Year (SR) to Fifth Year (+1)

Fall 17 (SR) Spring 18 (SR) Summer 18 Fall 19 (+1) Spring 19 (+1)

POLS 5680 (DCount)
POLS seminar
Upper division elective
Upper division elective
Upper division elective

POLS 5684 (DCount)
POLS upper division elective
Upper division elective
Upper division elective
Upper division elective

POLS 5510
POLS 5810

POLS Thesis

DCount = Double-counted credit toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees

POLS/Cog= Political Science or cognate discipline graduate level course

*Prepared students may do field work or earn thesis credit during this summer term

For completion of the M.A., students may complete either a thesis or Plan B paper, although they will be encouraged to do the latter.

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