Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree in Political Science

You’re passionate about politics and think you want to major in political science or international relations. But have you thought about what comes next?

If you plan to work in government or public service, you might consider putting your career on the fast track by earning a graduate degree, too. And you can earn a dual bachelor’s/master’s degree in just five years through Suffolk’s accelerated program.

You can apply to this dual-degree & program in your junior year at Suffolk, during the spring semester, and take your first graduate course the following fall. You can take two graduate-level courses in your senior year (one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester) and then complete your graduate studies in a fifth full-time year, saving both time and tuition.

Your graduate courses will enhance the knowledge and skills you gain as an undergraduate and help you get real-world experience with a professional internship.

Admission & Degree Requirements

This program is designed to provide an accelerated path for undergraduate Political Science & Legal Studies majors to obtain a Master’s degree in Applied Politics or Global Public Policy studies quickly and at a reduced cost. Students benefit from the experience of a smooth transition from undergraduate to graduate study in a familiar environment; many will be able to continue research with faculty mentors.

Admission Requirements

  • Nomination by a member of the Political Science & Legal Studies Department faculty
  • Junior class standing
  • An overall GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • A major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • A completion of a minimum of four undergraduate Political Science & Legal Studies courses
  • Completion of the standard Suffolk University graduate application
  • Priority application deadline is March 15 of the junior year (with enrollment in the first semester of the senior year); rolling admission thereafter, on a space available basis
  • Approval of the MAAP/MAGPP Graduate Admissions Committee


Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.