THE ACCELERATED MASTERS PROGRAM

The Department of Political Science participates in UA’s Accelerated Masters Program, which allows gifted and highly motivated Political Science majors to begin graduate study in their senior year. The program contains the same course requirements as the standard BA and MA/MPA/PhD curricula, with the exception that up to 15 hours of graduate courses may be dual-counted toward both the BA and the graduate degree. Because ¾ of the major requirement must be met prior to Graduate School enrollment, only 6 hours of graduate PSC courses may be used to meet the PSC major requirement; up to 9 additional PSC graduate hours may count as electives to meet the 120-hour requirement for the BA.

Students may apply for the program as soon as the end of their sophomore year, in which case, they will be admitted to “Phase I” of the program. This simply means that students have been granted the right to apply for graduate school by the end of their junior year, assuming that all requirements are met. At that point, they will move on to “Phase II,” application to the graduate school and (upon admission), pursuit of graduate courses. Students may also apply in their junior year directly to “Phase II.” Applications are considered by the Graduate Studies Committee, and those that are accepted will be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School for his or her approval.

To apply, students should submit an application to the Political Science Department using The Accelerated Masters Program. The application should be sent to Mrs. Kayla Key, at kbdailey@ua.edu. Students should also request that two (2) letters of recommendation from Political Science faculty/instructors be sent directly to Mrs. Kayla Key.

To be considered for admission to Phase I, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.75 (as computed within the plus/minus system)
  • Completion of at least 61 hours
  • Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from Political Science faculty/instructors; these letters should evaluate the student’s talent, motivation and potential for graduate study

To be considered for admission to Phase II, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.75 (as computed within the plus/minus system)
  • Completion of at least 91 hours
  • Meeting of UA’s residency requirement
  • Completion of the core curriculum
  • Completion of ¾ of the hours required for the major and minor. Based on normal 3-hour courses, this effectively means the completion of 24 hours, or 8 courses.
  • Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from Political Science faculty (for students for whom Phase 2 is a first step; for those admitted for Phase 1, no further letters are required, but overall GPA must be maintained at a minimum of 3.75).

Once students are admitted to Phase II, they must apply, and be admitted to, the Graduate School. All of the normal departmental requirements for graduate admission will apply, including submission of GRE scores, and the decision will be made by the Graduate Studies Committee in Political Science and forwarded to the Graduate School for approval.

Upon admission to the Graduate School, the student will begin a program of study leading to the master’s or doctoral degree. The program of study for prospective Accelerated Masters student must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the student’s enrollment in graduate classes

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