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Accelerated Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science Simultaneous Degree (BA/MA)

The Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Political Science Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) is designed for exceptional students who wish to earn both the BA and MA in five years of study. Political Science and Public Affairs and Administration Majors are eligible for the ADP.

Our Program Objectives

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. 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 is preferred. Prospective students who do not meet the application deadline will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Students must have a minimum 3.50 overall GPA for admission.
  3. Once admitted student must maintain a minimum 3.00 overall GPA.
  4. Students are not expected to submit GRE scores as a requirement for 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 degree program.
  5. Students who are not able to successfully complete the ADP must submit a request for an extension detailing the unusual circumstances justifying the delay in degree completion.

Although the BA/MA ADP is open to all political science and public affairs and administration undergraduate majors, National Merit Scholars are the ideal candidates for this program.

How to Apply

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

  • Application Form
  • 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. Tyler Johnson
            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.

Fall: February 1st
Spring: September 1st

Feel free to contact our Graduate Programs Coordinator, Jeff Alexander at