Accelerated Masters of Public Administration

College of Liberal Arts
Master's Degree in Public Administration

The Accelerated Master's Degree is designed to enable graduate programs to identify potential candidates as early as the junior year of study by extending an "early" (conditional) admission.  The main feature of the program is that up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned while still an undergraduate may be used as dual credit for both the baccalaureate and master's degrees.

Minimum Requirements

AM students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 to be conditionally admitted into a master's degree program. Students may not enroll in graduate courses until they have 1) completed all requirements for the Core Curriculum; 2) completed a minimum of 75 hours of undergraduate work with at least 18 hours of upper-level courses completed in the major; and  3) been conditionally admitted to a master's program.

Conditional admission does not guarantee full admission to the program. Students will be admitted fully to the graduate program only upon 1) awarding of the baccalaureate degree, 2) earning a total cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4, and 3) receiving a successful score on any required entrance test. Individual departments may require additional criteria including a higher admission GPA.

Minimum Guidelines

  1. An updated undergraduate plan of study, which outlines all requirements for baccalaureate degree completion and lists the graduate courses that will be posted to the baccalaureate transcript, must be approved by the student's advisor.
  2. Before an undergraduate AM student may register for graduate courses, a dual enrollment form indicating the courses to be taken for graduate credit must be approved by the Graduate School. 
  3. To remain in an AM degree program, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA in graduate courses taken.
  4. AM students may apply a maximum of 12 graduate hours to the baccalaureate degree, depending on the graduate program. The following graduate courses will not count in the AM program toward the baccalaureate degree:  Travel Study, Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, Practicum, Internships, other field based placement, or Thesis.
  5. The graduate hours taken to fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements will be fully transferrable to the master's degree and will show on both the graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
  6. The baccalaureate degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, and at least two semesters before the graduate degree is awarded.
  7. If an AM student requests admission to any other master's program (or does not complete the approved master's degree within the prescribed time) the joint hours posted to the graduate transcript will be removed.

Accelerated Masters of Public Administration

Five Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
FORL 1001  3  FORL 1002  3
BIOS  3  Other Physical Science  3
MATH 1031, etc.  3  Other MATH  3
POLI Elective  3  POLI 2151  3
UNIV 1001  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature  3 Literature  3
FORL 2001  3  Approved Arts  3
Other Physical Science  3  Elective  6
POLI 2600 or 2700  3  POLI Elective  3
Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Other Social Science or Humanities 3000+  3  Other Social Science or Humanities 3000+  3
POLI 2900  3  Electives  12
Any POLI course at 3000+ level in US Politics  3    
Any POLI course at 3000+ level in International or Comparative  3    
Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Other Social Science or Humanities 3000+  3  POLI 5221  3
PADM 5220  3  POLI 5170  3
PADM 5224  3  Electives  7
Electives  6    
POLI 4990 Capstone 1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 13
Total Degree Hours 120
Fifth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PADM 6001  3  PADM 6110  3
PADM 6010  3  PADM 6160  3
PADM 6401  3 PADM 6410  3
Total Hours  9 Total Hours 9
Sixth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
PADM 6180  3  PADM 6201  3
PADM 6901  3  PADM 6902  3
Total Hours  6 Total Hours 6
Total Degree Hours 42