Joint Degree

Integrated B.A./M.A. Program

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 an academic program that 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.

Admission to the Integrated B.A./M.A. Program

Students must first be admitted to the UIS Political Science Bachelor’s Degree program. Qualifications for admission to the Integrated B.A. / M.A. Program include a GPA of at least 3.0 for all previous college work and completion of a basic course in American government or PSC 201 Introduction to the American Political System.

Undergraduate Political Science majors must apply for admission to the B.A./M.A. program before registering for the BA internship. However, interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after being admitted to UIS.

Integrated B.A./M.A. Curriculum

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 Political Science Master’s Degree program through UIS Admissions.

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 up to eight B.A. internship credits can count toward the M.A.. With those reductions, the number of hours required for the M.A. phase is 32.

The integrated B.A./M.A. program is available to both on-campus and online students.