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  • We seek to encourage more OU students to pursue careers in public service and civic leadership.
  • Offer a more efficient path to the completion of a marketable advanced degree, reducing overall costs and time to graduation.
  • Equip students with the skills needed to make meaningful contributions to strengthen communities, improve the delivery of public services, contribute to domestic and international organizations engaged in philanthropy and advocacy, and to inform and lead public policymaking at the national, state, and local level.

Accelerated Degree Program Degree Options


  1. Students must be a Political Science or Public and Nonprofit Administration major.
  2. A minimum of one year of work must be completed in residence at the University of Oklahoma.
  3. Students are expected to apply to the BA/MA ADP program no later than the first semester of their junior year. Applications by the second semester of the sophomore year are preferred. Prospective students who do not meet the application deadline will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Students must have a minimum 3.50 overall undergraduate GPA for admission. 
  5. After admissions to the ADP, a student is required to maintain a 3.00 GPA in each term.
  6. The GRE is not required. Students are not expected to submit GRE scores as a requirement admission to the program since undergraduate credit fulfillment at the University of Oklahoma will provide information sufficient to judge aptitude and preparation for the MA program. 
  7. Students who are not able to successfully complete the accelerated degree program must submit a request for an extension detailing the unusual circumstances justifying the delay in degree completion.


Prospective students must submit the following materials by the applicable deadlines.

  • Application Form (pdf)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from persons in a position to speak knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic abilities. Typically, these would be academic references from OU faculty members. At least one letter should come from a current OU political science faculty member. These letters should be sent directly to:

    Dr. Allyson Shortle
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Political Science
    455 West Lindsey, 205-DAHT
    Norman, OK  73019
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) articulating applicant’s motivation and desire to pursue the degree, proposed fields of study and career aspirations.
  • Writing Sample. The writing sample should be a substantial piece of work that displays the applicant’s writing, analytical, and research skills.
  • Unofficial OU Transcript.


Fall: February 1st | Spring: September 1st