​The Accelerated Master's Degree Progr​a​m allows highly motivated students to advance their academic careers by taking graduate course work toward the traditional Master of Arts degree simultaneously with undergraduate course work. By taking up to 12 credit hours of political science graduate course work (500 and 600 level courses) during their senior year, a student need only complete sufficient additional course work to meet the requirements for the MA degree.  See links below.

Eligibility Standards

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the accelerated program:
  • Signed major in political science.
  • Enrolled in last semester of junior status.
  • Completion of at least 15 political science credits, not including internship and CR/NC courses.
  • Completion of PSC 280, introduction to Empirical Methods of Political Science, with a grade of B+ or higher.
  • Per university policy, conditional admission may be considered for applicants with backgrounds or grade point averages that do not meet these requirements. Courses taken to meet these requirements may not be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all conditional requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies during the last semester of their junior undergraduate year.
  • Students must meet the requirements for admission to the Master of Arts in Political Science degree and to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • In addition, students should also have completed university competency requirements.
  • If admitted, graduate status is conferred in the senior year after the student has completed at least 86 undergraduate credit hours with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.25 or a grade point average of 3.25 in political science course work.

Program Requirements

  • Three to twelve (3-12) hours of graduate PSC credit (500 and 600 level courses) leading to a Master of Arts degree in Political Science may be taken in the final year of undergraduate work.

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To apply: https://apply.cmich.edu/.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo kukla1sa@cmich.edu.