Accelerated BA/MA Program

The Department of Government offers an accelerated BA/MA program in Democracy and Goverance. This program allows the best of Georgetown College undergraduates to further their intellectual and professional development while working with Georgetown faculty. Those students with a clear commitment to the study of politics and with a potential interest in the intersection of democracy and governance should consider applying to the program.

The joint BA/MA consists of five components: 

  1. The student must compete ALL normal requirements for the Bachelor's degree (120 credits)
  2. The student must complete ALL normal requirements for the MA in Democracy and Governance (42 credits)
  3. A BA/MA student would be allowed to double-count two courses (6 credits) toward both degrees.
  4. A BA/MA student would be able to take two graduate level classes while in their senior years that can count toward the MA only if they are above the required 120 credits for the BA.
  5. Once enrolled in the program, the student would formally be both a student in the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students would receive their BA after completing all undergraduate degree requirements and would receive their MA after completing all graduate degree requirements. 

Students interested in the program should apply in their junior year by the Graduate School's normal deadline for the MA in Democracy and Governance. 

Students will need to submit the following:

1. Application and Fee
2. GRE scores
3. Undergraduate transcript from Georgetown
4. Statement of Purpose
5. Academic Writing Sample
6. Three Letters of Recommendation

Students would be advised by the appropriate undergraduate and graduate advisors in the College and Department of Government.

The student would pay tuition at the undergraduate rate while enrolled in the undergraduate classes and pay at a graduate rate for the graduate classes; the tuition for the two double-counted classes would be divided equally between the undergraduate and graduate rates. The Graduate School would determine financial aid for the student's final year in the program; for the previous years, the College would determine financial aid.

For more information, please contact Professor Jennifer Dresden at jgr28@georgetown.edu or the Graduate Program Administrative Officer, Maricruz Luna at ml496@georgetown.edu.

Sample Curriculum:

SEMESTER

ACCELERATED PROGRAM I: 42 CREDITS

ACCELERATED PROGRAM II: 42 CREDITS

Fall, Senior Year

Undergraduate Electives

DG Double-Count Course: 3 credits

Undergraduate Electives

DG Double-Count Course: 3 credits

DG Double-Count Course: 3 credits

Spring, Senior Year

Undergraduate Electives

DG Double-Count Course: 3 credits

Undergraduate Electives

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

1

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

2

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

Summer  

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

3

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits

DG Graduate Course: 3 credits