Accelerated Masters

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Our accelerated degree option offers undergraduate students to opportunity to complete their BS and MA in Political Science in five years. Undergraduate students begin graduate level coursework in their 4th year and ultimately complete 120 undergraduate level credits and 32 graduate level credits at Boise State.

The MA course sequence covers the full range of Political Science subfields in terms of both subject and methodology. Students will have the opportunity to take classes in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Furthermore, our research methods sequence requirements will provide valuable skills to answer complex questions about political systems. The accelerated program culminates in the completion of an article-length thesis consisting of original research. The training associated with this thesis will prepare students for Ph. D programs in Political Science as well as careers in public service.

Minimum Requirements

  • Students must have completed 75 credits toward their Bachelor of Science degree at Boise State
  • Political Science Major at Boise State
  • 3.0 GPA overall; 3.3 GPA within major; any exceptions require the graduate committee’s approval
  • Statement of purpose with discussion of how the student’s personal and professional goals are enhanced by the enrollment in the MA program.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required for all applicants. Professional supervisors, as well as one’s professors, may write letters in support of traditional MA program applicants.
  • A ten-page writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to sustain an argument and present evidence to support claims.
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Submit all application materials to Michael Allen at
  • Once department approval is received, students must apply online to the Graduate College.
    (* Students who are denied admission to the accelerated master’s program will be considered for admission to the master’s program on non-accelerated basis.)

The accelerated version of the Master of Arts in Political Science is designed to give selected undergraduate students the opportunity to be admitted into the master’s degree program and begin their graduate coursework while completing their undergraduate degrees. Students in the accelerated master’s program can enroll in up to six credits of 500-level courses during the last two semesters of their undergraduate career. These two 500-level courses can be used to satisfy the degree requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. The remaining requirements for the master’s degree are satisfied by the student in the semesters subsequent to the award of the bachelor’s degree. All requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees must be met.

Accelerated Master’s Contact Information

Dr. Michael Allen is on sabbatical during the 2018/2019 academic year. Dr. Ross Burkhart will be the interim-Program Coordinator in his absence.

Ross Burkart, SSPA, studio portraitsRoss Burkhart, Ph.D.

Professor, Interim Graduate Program Coordinator

Environmental Research Building 5133

(208) 426-3280


Michael Allen, Political Science, studio portraitMichael A. Allen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

Environmental Research Building 5125

(208) 426-2518