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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Full-time students can complete the program in 5 years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

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Political Science, B.A./M.A.

The Department of Political Science offers a B.A./M.A. program that allows students to save time and tuition money by earning both degrees in as little as five years.

This dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Political science is the study of “who gets what, when and how” in the distribution of goods and values in society and in groups. Political scientists study the forces that determine such distributions, including political parties and voters, public opinion, interest groups, bureaucracies and administrative behavior, public law, international relations, international law and organizations, national security, intergovernmental relations, political behavior, political philosophy, comparative politics, public policy and conflict.

At the undergraduate level, students may specialize in any of the five fields of the discipline:

  • American politics and government
  • Comparative politics
  • International politics
  • Political theory, or
  • Public policy and administration

At the graduate level, students can choose from four concentrations:

  • General Political Science
  • American Politics
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • Public Law
Program Highlights

The proximity of Georgia State to the center of government for the Southeast and the State of Georgia and its location in an international city of business, communication and transportation provide unique opportunities for students to observe and participate in government and politics. Many political science students serve as interns as part of their academic programs.

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Program Details

Incoming bachelor’s students will apply through Undergraduate Admissions. After acceptance to Georgia State, students interested in a dual-degree program should discuss the requirements for eligibility with the dual-degree program coordinator at the start of their sophomore year.

If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

Find out more about applying.

International students: International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

Learn more about the application process.

Transfer students: If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

Learn more about transferring to Georgia State.


Dual-Degree Program Eligibility

The Dual B.A./M.A. Program in Political Science is available to undergraduate majors who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students may apply at any time once they have taken between 90-100 credit hours and completed POLS 3800 (Research Methods).

Email CASDualDegree@gsu.edu to discuss eligibility with the coordinator of the dual-degree program, Ms. Rene Mondy. If eligible, you'll be provided the dual-degree program electronic application to fill out. Decisions are typically emailed within 10 business days.

Students accepted into dual undergraduate/graduate programs must work with the program graduate director each term to develop a plan for taking graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier for specific programs) while still completing their final semesters of bachelor’s work.

Acceptance into the dual-degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate degree program. Admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year of undergraduate study and is contingent upon 1) successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, 2) performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree and 3) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

Dual Degree enrollment provides a range of benefits including the waiving of the GRE requirement and a graduate admission application fee when applying to the graduate program. Learn more about our dual degree program .

Students accepted into dual undergraduate/graduate programs must work with the program graduate director each term to develop a plan for taking graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier for specific programs). Click here to learn about the graduate course approval process.

  • Students completing graduate coursework while an undergraduate will pay the undergraduate tuition rate and can use HOPE Scholarship funds if they are eligible for that program.
  • Dual-degree students accepted into the M.A. program may receive Graduate Assistantships which come with tuition waivers for graduate program enrollment.
  • The M.A. application fee is waived.
  • Up to 12 credit hours can count toward completion of both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in history (double credits).

For general tuition information, check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

The B.A./M.A. program is designed to help students develop analytical and critical capabilities through inquiry into political and governmental processes. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in research, teaching or the professional practice of public service and politics.

Students can choose a degree program that will provide them with a general knowledge of the discipline, or one that will provide them with a specialization in American politics, international and comparative politics, or the professional practices of government and politics.

How to Register for Graduate Courses for Dual-Degree Program Students

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your graduation plans and to review your remaining degree requirements. Click here for information about how to make an appointment with them.
  • Meet with your dual degree faculty coordinator or his/her designee to discuss your progression in the dual degree program and graduate course enrollment options. View available course offerings.
  • If you plan to take a graduate course in the next upcoming term, fill out the Graduate Course Approval Form and email it to Rene Mondy.
  • Register for the graduate course once you receive an email confirming your authorization. Review your academic evaluation to see where the graduate course counts. If you have questions about where your graduate course is counting on your academic evaluation, email your concerns to Rene Mondy.

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Careers

This program can lead to a wide variety of careers in politics, government and academia. These include jobs in government relations and lobbying, local, state and federal administration, journalism and non-governmental organizations. Graduates are also prepared for further graduate studies towards a Ph.D. in political science or international affairs or toward a Juris Doctor degree.

Contacts

Program Director
Charles Hankla
Associate Professor of Political Science
chankla@gsu.edu
404-413-6169

Department of Political Science
38 Peachtree Center Ave SE
Room 1023
Atlanta, GA 30303

25 Park Pl NE
#2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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