The Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the College of Business Administration, offers a program of joint study leading to a master of arts (M.A.) degree in Political Science (POSC) or International Affairs (INAF) and a master's of business administration (M.B.A.) degree. The program is designed for students whose interests overlap business and politics or business and international affairs. Joint degree students are able to complete both degree programs in less time than if both degrees were pursued separately.
Students seeking admission into the joint degree program must meet the admission requirements of each program, although their application may include GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance into the other.
Joint degree students count 9 credits of coursework in each program toward the required coursework credits of the other program. Thus, 9 of the 40 credits required for the M.B.A. degree will come from POSC courses, and 9 of the 30 credits required for the POSC or INAF M.A. degree will come from Business Administration (BUAD) or related courses.
Candidates for admission to the joint programs must submit applications to both of the programs sponsoring the joint degree. General admission requirements and applications procedures for both units apply to applicants to the joint program, except that in the case of the M.A.-J.D., the Department of Political Science will accept LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores and in the case of the M.A.-M.B.A., the Department of Political Science will accept GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Acceptance by one unit does not guarantee acceptance by the other. Students who are already admitted to or who have begun taking courses in any single program may still apply for the Joint Program.
Those interested in one of the joint degree programs are welcome to contact one of the following individuals: