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 UIS. Qualifications for admission 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 may apply for admission any time before registering for the 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 M.A. 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 the number of elective courses will be reduced by two. The integrated B.A./M.A. plan includes an enhanced internship counting for graduate-level elective credit. With those reductions, the number of hours required for the M.A. phase is 32.

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