Combined and Accelerated Programs

Combined B.A. and M.P.A

This accelerated program allows selected students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration in a minimum of five years by taking certain master’s-level courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program. The program is restricted to students with strong credentials and a clear interest in a career in the public or nonprofit sector.

To be eligible, a student must have:

  • Completed 90 credits of course work, with a minimum of nine credits in political science courses
  • An overall 3.0 GPA
  • A GPA of 3.3 in political science courses

Additionally, a student must complete the graduate school application, submit standardized test scores and supply the supporting information required for admission.


For more information about the combined B.A. and M.P.A. program, please refer to the VCU Bulletins website.


For further information, please contact:
Nancy Stutts, Ph.D.
Interim Chair
Master of Public Administration program
Phone: (804) 827-2164