Integrated B.A./M.A. Degree in Political Science

This special curriculum is designed for undergraduates who know early on that they would like to complete a Political Science Master’s Degree. It is a special academic program which makes it possible for a major in political science to complete the B.A. and M.A. degrees in a shortened time period when undertaking full-time study.

Students in the B.A./M.A. curriculum must satisfy all the requirements for the B.A. in political science.

This integrated B.A./M.A. degree is available to both on campus and online students.

Additional Requirement
B.A./M.A. students follow a special format for the applied study (internship) final self-evaluation. The result is a final paper which is similar to the graduate internship report. Students in the B.A./M.A. curriculum should consult regularly with the B.A./M.A. adviser. This is especially important at the beginning, when the student’s three-year curricular plan is developed, and most importantly, in the semester before registering for an applied study/internship.

If the applied study is not planned in consultation with the B.A./M.A. adviser, it cannot count as part of the B.A./M.A. curriculum.

M.A. Admission
Upon graduation with the B.A. degree, students are evaluated for admission to continue on in the M.A. phase of the curriculum. Students in the B.A./M.A. program still need to apply to the M.A. program through UIS Admissions. Admission to the M.A. phase depends on a sustained 3.00 GPA and satisfactory outcomes in the applied study.

M.A. Requirements
The requirements for the M.A. phase of the B.A./M.A. curriculum are the same as those for the M.A. program, except that the number of elective courses will be reduced by two, with the Special Applied Study serving as a graduate-level elective course. With those reductions, the number of hours required for the M.A. phase is 32.

Application for the B.A./M.A. curriculum is made through the political science B.A./M.A. adviser, after initial registration for classes at UIS. A 3.00 GPA, either in prior college or in the first year’s coursework at UIS, is required for admission. It is best to apply early in the first semester of residence so that applied study and coursework can be effectively planned. However, students may apply right up to the time they register for the applied study term.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Calvin Mouw
Associate Professor of Political Science
Phone: (217) 206-7884
Office: PAC 358