Accelerated Bachelor's + Master's ProgramS

BA/MA Program

The Accelerated BA/MA combination degree option allows undergraduate students to pursue coursework to complete their B.A. and M.A. degrees in five years.  This accelerated program employs a curriculum that allows students to complete 120 undergraduate level credits and 30-36 graduate level credits in five years. Undergraduate students begin graduate level coursework in their fourth year. The program culminates in either a thesis or non-thesis M.A. degree suitable for students pursuing careers in public service, public administration, non-governmental organizations or further study in a Ph.D. program outside the University of Nevada, Reno. The courses in political science cover a full range of the discipline, both in terms of substance and methodology. Courses in research methods provide the skills necessary for sophisticated analysis of political processes, institutions and policies. More specialized interests are developed through independent courses and projects students take as part of the curriculum.

BA/MPA Program

The Accelerated BA/MPA combination degree option allows undergraduate students to pursue coursework to complete their B.A. and M.P.A. degrees in five years. This accelerated program employs a curriculum that allows students to complete 120 undergraduate level credits and 36 graduate level credits in five years. Undergraduate students begin graduate level coursework in their fourth year.The program culminates the MPA degree suitable for students pursuing careers in public service, public administration, non-governmental organizations or further study in a Ph.D. program outside the University of Nevada, Reno.


The courses in public administration are designed to increase the student's understanding of the internal organizational environment, and to help the student develop neededmanagerial skills. Courses in public policy give the student an understanding of the social, political, and economic environment in which public programs develop and operate. Courses in research methods provide the skills necessary in today's complex government agencies and activities. A track of specialization provides the student with additional competence in an area linked to individual interests and/or career goals.