May 27, 2023
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Five-Year Combined Track
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration
This program is designed to allow students to complete both their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Public Administration with a general concentration in Public Management within five years.1 The program is open to all students majoring in political science. Students who are pursuing a concentration other than public administration at the undergraduate level will be required to take the course work in public administration in addition to their concentration courses to be eligible for the five-year program.
To be eligible for this program, students are required to apply for the program during the junior year. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for admission to the Five-Year Combined Track B.A./M.P.A. program:
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4
- Students should have completed at least 12 hours of political science courses at UNCP to be eligible to apply.
- Students must have taken the following courses before applying for the program at either UNCP or another institution:
- PAD 3100-Introduction to Public Administration
- PAD 3190-Introduction to Public Policy and Analysis
- Students must have received a minimum grade of B in each of these courses, even if they were transferred from a different institution.
- Students must complete an application through the Graduate School. Students should apply for the program as a junior.
- Students should include three letters of recommendation with their application materials. Two of those letters must be from faculty in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
- Students must attend a program orientation after acceptance. Failure to attend orientation will result in students being disqualified from the program.
Continuing qualifications to maintain program eligibility include the following provisions.
- Students must maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 and a graduate GPA of 3.0.
- Students must take all graduate course work on campus when available.
- While, officially, students are eligible to pursue any political science concentration for their undergraduate degree, they are required to take the public administration required courses to maintain program eligibility.
- Students must follow the Plan of Graduate Study as seniors (see below).
- Students must follow all Graduate School policies during their fifth year.
- Students must agree not to work during their senior and fifth years.
- Students recognize that tuition during their fifth year will be charged at the graduate school rate and not at the undergraduate rate.
- Students who choose to take fewer credits each semester acknowledge that they will not be able to complete the program in five years.
Course Requirements: Five-Year Combined Track BA/MPA Program
Freshman Seminar: 1 Sem. Hr.
Major Requirements: 36-49 Sem. Hrs.
Students may complete any Political Science concentration (General, Pre-Law, International Studies, Public Administration) as part of their bachelor of arts degree, but they are required to take the following courses in addition:
Introductory Requirement: 6 Sem. Hrs.
Core Courses: 9 Sem. Hrs.
Undergraduate Public Administration Courses: 12 Sem. Hrs.
Electives: 27-39 Sem. Hrs.
Graduate Requirements: 36 Sem. Hrs.
Graduate Crossover Courses: 9 Sem. Hrs.
Graduate Course Requirements: 12 Sem. Hrs.
Graduate Course Electives: 12 Sem. Hrs.
Students may choose across any 5000-level Public Administration (PAD), Emergency Management (EMG), or Health Administration (HAD) courses.
Graduate Internship: 3 Sem. Hrs.
Total: 150 Sem. Hrs.*
1Students wishing to pursue a different concentration in their MPA work–such as Helath Administration, Criminal Justice, or Emergency Management–must apply and proceed through the program post-baccalaureate and will be responsible for the complete coursework.
2Students pursuing a concentration in International Studies are required to take both PLS 2000 and PLS 2510.
3These courses will count for both the graduate and undergraduate curricula. These courses will be taken during the second semester of the junior year and during the senior year.
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