Accelerated BA to MPA – Public Administration Program Policy

Please see the Graduate College’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program webpage and official Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Policy for information pertaining to all Accelerated Programs.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated program plan in Public Administration must complete the following application requirements:  

1.      By the start of Accelerated status, they must have either:

- 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2[1], or

- 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0;

2.      A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;

3.      Official transcripts from all universities attended;

4.      Two  letters of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program;

5.      A statement of purpose (250-500 words) highlighting how the MPA program aligns with the applicants professional interests and objectives. 

Accelerated MPA Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated Public Administration (MPA) program should follow the following course schedule for planning out graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MPA program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format, it is strongly recommended that students choose the Plan II option (non-thesis).  Students who choose the thesis option should expect the completion of their master’s degree program to take longer than an additional extra (5th) year. 

Undergraduate Accelerated Status (limited to 9 credits maximum)

Courses that may be taken while an undergraduate student with Undergraduate Accelerated Status that will overlap between the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (up to 9 credit hours):

POLS 5xxx (any 5000 level POLS course)

POLS 6750. Research Methods

POLS 6210. Administrative Theory and Behavior

POLS 6280. Government Budgeting and Fiscal Policy

Graduate Accelerated Status

Courses to be taken once the bachelor’s degree has been completed and the student is fully enrolled as a graduate student in the Public Administration master’s program:

Any courses not taken in the list above while in Undergraduate Accelerated Status

  • REQUIRED CORE COURSES

o   POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior

o   POLS 6260 Public Management I: Personnel Management and Leadership

o   POLS 6280 Public Management II: Budgeting, Fiscal Policy, and Decision-making

o   POLS 6200 Public Administration and Public Policy

o   POLS 6750 Research Methods

Students must receive at least a 'B' grade in all core classes.

  • ELECTIVES

o   An additional 18 credit hours chosen in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

Capstone Experience:

      Choose ONE:

o   Plan 1: THESIS

o   Plan 2: CAPSTONE – POLS 6900 Capstone plus internship

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).