Bachelor’s/Master’s 5-year Programs


The Public Service and Administration Department has joined with Texas A&M University's Departments of Political Science, Economics, Agriculture Economics, and Sociology, to offer joint-degree programs that allow qualified political science, economics, sociology, and agriculture economics majors to enter the MPSA program at the beginning of their fourth year of study at Texas A&M University. This unique program enables students to count certain approved courses toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees and receive both degrees concurrently in five years.

Each joint-degree program requires completion of a certain amount of undergraduate coursework, a set of core prerequisites, and a 3.25 to qualify for admission. Interested students should work with their department advisor in their freshmen and sophomore years to ensure that all necessary courses will be completed before Bush School entry. Admissions criteria, including a GRE test and recommendations, will be the same as for other Bush School degree applicants. Interested juniors should apply in the winter preceding a Bush School fall entry.

Those who are admitted and complete their coursework will receive both the bachelor's and master's degrees upon completion of the entire 5-year joint degree program.

The four joint-degree programs offered by the Department of Public Service and Administration are Economics - MPSA, Political Science - MPSA, Sociology - MPSA, and Agriculture Economics - MPSA.