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5-year (3+2) Degree Program / SOCI-MPSA

Bush School of Government & Public Service and Department of Sociology

The Bush School of Government & Public Service and the Department of Sociology offer a 5-year (3+2) degree program that allows sociology majors to enter the Bush School at the start of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive their sociology undergraduate degree (BA/BS) and a Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) graduate degree in five years.


Description

To be considered for the 5-year degree program, sociology students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and have completed 102 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor’s degree. These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for either a BA/BS degree in sociology, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree.


Sociology Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, Catalog 137

Texas A&M Core = 54 hours

  • ENGL 104 (3 hrs)
  • Speech & Writing (3 hrs)
  • ENGL Literature (6 hrs)
  • MATH 131-467 (some exclusions) (3 hrs)
  • MATH or PHIL 240 (3 hrs)
  • Life and Physical Science (9 hrs)
  • Creative Arts (3 hrs)
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture (3 hrs)
  • Creative Arts/Lang, Phil, & Culture (3 hrs)
  • Social Sciences (6 hrs)
  • POLS 206 & 207 (6 hrs)
  • US HIST (6 hrs)
  • International & Cultural Diversity (6 hrs) – may be used to satisfy any other requirement

Major Area = 33 hours

  • SOCI 205, 220, 230, 420W, 430 (15 hrs)
  • SOCI Electives (18 hrs) - 9 hours can double count from Bush School courses

BA Requirements = 33 hours

  • Foreign Language: Levels 1-4 (14 hrs)
  • General Electives (19 hours) * not SOCI courses

BS Requirements = 17 hours

  • Natural Sciences (12 hrs)
  • General Electives (21 hrs) - 9 hours can double count from Bush School courses
  • Core Foreign Language (0-8 hrs) - 2 years of same language in high school or 2 semester college sequence

Bush School’s MPSA First-year = 18 of 24 hours can double count for SOCI undergrad credit

    Major Area/SOCI Electives = 9 hours can count
  • BUSH 631 (3 hrs)
  • BUSH 635 or 636, or PSAA 630 (3 hrs)
  • One approved SOCI elective (3 hrs)

  • General Electives = 9 hours can count
  • PSAA 601, PSAA 611, & PSAA 621 (9 hrs)
  • PSAA 622,634, or 644 (3 hrs)
  • Any approved PSAA elective/course (3 hrs)


MPSA Degree Requirements

Admitted students will be enrolled in Bush School graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during their fourth year and will be reclassified as degree-seeking master’s students (G7) upon completing 120 credit hours. This will normally occur at the beginning of the fall semester of year five.

Five-year students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 48-hour curriculum as regularly admitted PSAA students. The curriculum combines eight common core courses, two track courses, two track electives, and four approved electives. Students choose a track in Public Management (PM), Public Policy Analysis (PPA), or Nonprofit Management (NPM) and are encouraged to create their own area of interest or to select from one of our elective concentrations (see the website for options). A noncredit-bearing professional internship is also completed in the summer between the first and second years for those without substantive professional experience. A capstone project for a “real world” client in year two caps the experience.


Administration/Application

Sociology majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who will have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 102 hours by the fall of their fourth year (meaning you have the summer before entry to complete any required hours) will be eligible to apply for the 5-year program during their junior year. Admission criteria for the 5-year program will be the same as for other students, and applicants will submit the same materials (including GRE scores); the one exception to this is the submission of a two-page application found on the Bush School website rather that the ApplyTexas application, hence no application fee.

Students who choose not to finish the MPSA degree after being admitted to the 5-year program may exit the program at any time. Completed PSAA courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in sociology, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MPSA will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in sociology when the requirements for that degree are completed.

Those who pursue the 5-year program will receive both Texas A&M degrees upon completion of the entire program, earning their BA/BS in sociology and their Master of Public Service and Administration at the end of their second year in the Bush School. Although they earn both, students will only participate in their MPSA graduation.


Curriculum

Fourth Year

Fall

  • PSAA 601: Foundations of Public Service**
  • PSAA 621: Economic Analysis**
  • BUSH 631: Quantitative Methods I*
  • PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector

Spring

  • PSAA 611: Public Policy Formation**
  • Quantitative Methods II requirement: *
    • PM: BUSH 632: Quant Methods II or PSAA 630: Program Evaluation
    • PPA: BUSH 635: Quantitative Methods II, Policy emphasis or BUSH 632: Quantitative Methods II
    • NPM: PSAA 630: Program Evaluation
  • Track requirement: **
    • PM: PSAA 634: Public Management
    • PPA: PSAA 622: Public Finance
    • NPM: PSAA 644: Nonprofit Management
  • One approved SOCI elective***

Summer

  • Professional Internship

Fifth Year

Fall

  • PSAA 675: Capstone Seminar I
  • Track Requirement:
    • PM: PSAA 623: Public Budgeting
    • PPA: PSAA 615: Policy Analysis
    • NPM: PSAA 632: Fiscal Mgmt of Nonprofits
  • One approved elective
  • One approved elective**

Spring

  • PSAA 676: Capstone Seminar II
  • Three approved electives+

* Bush School courses counted as SOCI electives
** Bush School courses counted as general electives
*** approved SOCI course counted as Bush School elective
+ Up to 2 approved electives may be taken at TAMU


Advising

Advising for the 5-year degree program is a coordinated effort by the Department of Sociology and the Bush School. SOCI departmental advising will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree by the start of their senior year.

You may also contact the Bush School for curriculum advising and admissions information.

  • Kimberly Reeves, reevesk@tamu.edu, 979-862-8821 for an appointment with the PSAA department head, Dr. Jeryl Mumpower
  • Kathryn Meyer, kjmeyer@tamu.edu, 979-862-3476 for admissions and general questions
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