Accelerated B.A. in Political Science (Politics, Policy, & Public Service)/M.A. in Political Science


The Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Political Science provides exceptional undergraduate students in the Political Science program an avenue toward accelerated completion of a Master’s degree. This degree program mirrors the curricular and assessment requirements of the existing Master’s degree program and allows undergraduates to begin taking graduate-level courses when they have completed 90 credit hours toward their baccalaureate degree, thus reducing the calendar time necessary to complete the degree. No undergraduate course may count toward the accelerated Master’s degree. The Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Political Science is a highly competitive program.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Employers want employees who can work collaboratively in groups. The B.A. in Political Science develops these skills by requiring students to work on group projects (presented in front of the instructor and peers), identify clear roles within the group (e.g., spokespersons/team leaders), and present the findings of the group in a public forum.  The M.A. in Political Science further develops this skill.
  2. ​Employers want employees who have solid writing and compositional skills. The B.A. in Political Science develops this skill by requiring students to engage in clear, persuasive, and grammatically and stylistically correct writing projects (research papers, policy briefs, reaction papers, memos, position papers, etc.). The M.A. in Political Science further develops this skill, for example through developing literature reviews in their graduate classes. 
  3. ​Employers want employees who have solid oral communication skills. The B.A. in Political Science develops these skills by requiring students to present their research in a public forum (that is, in front of a class of peers and the instructor) using visual aids (slides, charts, graphs, etc.) and/or to role-play in a public forum requiring extensive research on that role. The M.A. in Political Science further develops this skill.
  4. ​Employers want employees who can work independently on projects. The M.A. in Political Science develops this skill by requiring all students to complete an independent, original piece of scholarship in the form of a Master's thesis or professional paper.
  5. ​Employers want employees who can synthesize information (facts/data, concepts, terminology) into succinct language. The M.A. in Political Science develops these skills by requiring students to take a required course in research methods which involves reading the extensive literature on a topic in politics (e.g., voting behavior or literature on democratization), synthesizing the concepts presented, analyzing data and arguments, and discussing this orally in a public forum and/or in written form (reaction papers, summaries, literature reviews, etc.).


Program Coordinator

Dr. Parker Hevron
POLS Program Director and Graduate Director for History and Political Science

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - March 1st
  • Spring - November 1st
  • No summer admissions

Admission Requirements

To apply to the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's program in Political Science, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a TWU Political Science major.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 72 but no more than 90 hours of coursework toward the bachelor's.
  • Have a minimum of 12 hours remaining in political science courses toward the major.

How to Apply to the Accelerated Program

Students interested in applying to the accelerated program in Political Science are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator prior to applying.

To apply, students must:

  1. Complete the Accelerated Program in Political Science application form
  2. Applicants must submit the following materials as PDFs in a single email to the Program Coordinator. Include the student’s name and TWU I.D. number with "Political Science Accelerated Program" in the subject line.
    1. A statement of purpose.
    2. An academic writing sample of 10-15 pages (double-spaced). Writing samples should demonstrate the ability to make well-researched arguments with effective proofs; to use clear, articulate prose; and to employ a standard style such as MLA or APA to document sources.
  3. One recommendation letter from a current TWU History or Political Science faculty member should be sent directly to the Program Coordinator in support of the student's application. Recommenders should include the applicant's name and "Political Science Accelerated Program" in the subject line.
  4. Once admitted to the Accelerated Program students must apply to the graduate M.A. in Political Science program. Students cannot enroll in graduate-level coursework until accepted by the Graduate School.

Accelerated Graduate Program Policy Guidelines

Students may apply to the accelerated graduate degree program once they have attained advanced junior standing with at least 72 undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH). Upon admission to an accelerated program, students with senior standing (90 earned SCH) may enroll in graduate courses for credit. Approved courses will apply to both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.


  • Undergraduate students may enroll in no more than 6 SCH of graduate coursework in each semester or term.
  • Minimal criteria for admission will include a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. The program may set higher GPA requirements as outlined on their TWU graduate program website at the time of graduate application.
  • Once admitted to an accelerated program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the remainder of their baccalaureate degree, or their admission to the accelerated graduate program may be revoked. Academic components may set additional requirements for their programs.

Graduate Application Process

All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional graduate admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the graduate program's website.


Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120

Major: 33

Program Code: POLSCIENCE.BA.MA  CIP Code: 45.1001.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major 

POLS 3173Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLS 3303The American Legislative Process3
POLS 3723Modern Political Thought3
POLS 4533International Relations3
POLS 4813Seminar in Public Policy3
POLS 4933Senior Seminar3
POLS 4803Government Internship3
or POLS 4806 Government Internship
POLS 4903Special Topics3
POLS 4833Political Science: Scope and Methods3
Select 6-12 SCH from the following6
Community Conversation in Sustainability
The American Presidency
Women in Politics
Law, Politics, and Public Policy
Media and Politics
Police, Policies, and Practices
Japanese Culture and Politics
The Politics of Food in America
Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure
Public Administration
Women in Leadership
Modern Nationalism
Global Law and Legal Systems
Comparative Government: Europe
German Politics Since 1945 Through Film
German Politics Since 1945 Through Film
Total SCHs33

Departmental Requirements

English Literature (2000 level or higher)3
Foreign Language (12 SCH of the same language)12
Global Perspectives3
Electives (select with academic advisor)24
Total SCHs42

Master's Level Courses

Select 6-12 SCH from the following12
Comparative Politics
Seminar in Political Theory
American National Defense Policy
Issues in Constitutional Law
Special Topics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Research Methods in Government
Total SCHs12

Recommended Plan of Study

*The example below is only a suggestion. It is recommended to see an advisor for a personalized Plan of Study.

First Year
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Creative Arts Core3
CAO: Wellness or Mathematics Core2
 SCHs 15
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Mathematics Core3
Elective (Global Perspectives course)3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
English Literature3
Foreign Language3
Life & Physical Science Core3
Social & Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Foreign Language3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
Life & Physical Science Core3
CAO: Multicultural Women's Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
POLS 3173Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Foreign Language3
POLS 4833Political Science: Scope and Methods 3
POLS 4533International Relations 3
 SCHs 15
POLS 3723Modern Political Thought 3
Foreign Language3
POLS 4813Seminar in Public Policy 3
POLS 4803
or 4806
Government Internship
or Government Internship
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
POLS 3303The American Legislative Process 3
POLS 4903Special Topics 3
Master's Level Course3
Master's Level Course3
 SCHs 15
POLS 4933Senior Seminar 3
Master's Level Course3
Master's Level Course3
POLS Elective3
POLS Elective3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120