BA/MA in Political Science
This program is intended for outstanding students who wish to pursue intensive study in a specialized area of political and social science beyond the BA level. A total of 40 semester courses is required. Application should be made no later than March 1 of the junior year. Applicants must have completed four political science courses, including one course at the 500 level or higher, by the time of application. Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall and 3.7 in the major. Students should submit a study plan listing a coherent cluster of courses and seminars (500 level or above) in political science. This program must be approved by the director of graduate studies, as must any subsequent changes. Also required is a detailed two- to three-page statement outlining the proposed specialized area of study, identifying faculty and other resources to support the program, and indicating how the course of study will enhance the student’s intellectual and career development.