Accelerated Master's Program

The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Political Science offers students the opportunity to begin working on their master’s degree while they complete their bachelor’s degree.

The AMP gives students the chance to earn an advanced, two-year MA degree with only one year of graduate tuition. This program serves both students who are interested in entering the job market upon completion and those who wish to pursue PhDs or law degrees.  

Students enrolled in this program can count three graduate courses toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Once AMP students complete their bachelor’s degree, they go on to earn the MA degree with just one additional year of coursework.

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Accelerated Master's Program in the Department of Political Science

Students completing the AMP in Political Science have the opportunity to complete select graduate courses toward the completion of their master's degree. The following course options are available for AMP students.

Students will complete a total of 30 credit hours, including three methods courses and a choice of seven out of eight core seminars.

Required courses:

  • POLS 625 Research Methods in Political Science
  • POLS 626 Research Seminar
  • POLS 627 Advanced Research Methods

In addition to the required courses students will complete seven courses from the list below:

  • POLS 630 American Political Institutions
  • POLS 631 American Political Behavior
  • POLS 636 Democratization and Development
  • POLS 689 Comparative Political Institutions
  • POLS 611 International Political Economy
  • POLS 612 International Security
  • POLS 615 Western Political Theory
  • POLS 616 Global Political Theory

Ready to Apply?

To apply for the AMP option, students must have earned a minimum of 75 credit hours (at least 30 must be earned at Ball State) with an overall GPA of 3.25. Applicants must complete the Graduate School’s application and submit a statement of purpose, a resume, and two letters of recommendation.

Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Steven Hall, Associate Professor of Political Science at, before applying.