BA/MA Program in Politics

The College of Arts and Science and the Graduate School of Arts and Science offers an accelerated dual-degree BA/MA program. Bachelor’s-Master’s students who satisfy the track's undergraduate requirements receive a scholarship covering 50% of Master’s tuition and registration fees during the graduate school year.  Below is admission information regarding the program. You may earn an MA in Politics only if you are majoring or minoring in Politics or International Relations as an undergraduate in CAS.

Eligible Applicants 

This program is open only to NYU undergraduates who are matriculated in the College of Arts and Science (CAS) majoring or minoring in Politics and International Relations. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree but not more than 96 credits or six semesters, whichever comes first.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission to, and continuation in, the program.

Application Procedures 
Students apply for admission to the BA/MA Program through the CAS Advising Center (Silver Center, 9th floor). They do not submit an application for admission to the Graduate School. All admissions advising and processing are handled by the CAS Advising Center in cooperation with the Department of Politics.

To apply, CAS Advising asks the student to complete a special version of the GSAS admissions application (it is labeled “Application for Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program” and is available from the CAS Advising Center and the Politics Undergraduate Advisor), two letters of recommendation (at least one of them should come from a faculty member in the Dept of Politics), and a statement of purpose. CAS forwards the completed application to the department or program for consideration and the department then notifies CAS of the admissions decision. The Graduate School is not involved in admissions at this time.

After the student has successfully completed the undergraduate requirements, the CAS Advising Center notifies GSAS Graduate Enrollment Services (GES) that the student may be admitted to the Master's program. CAS Advising forwards the original application Materials to GES. The student is mailed an official letter of admission to the Master's program from the Graduate School and information about the scholarship program is included.

The GSAS requirement to take the GRE is waived for students in the BA/MA program. However, they must still provide GES with two official and final copies of their academic transcripts showing proof of receipt of the Bachelor’s degree.

Questions about eligibility for, or application to, the B.A./M.A. Program should be directed to the CAS Advising Center, 212-998-8130.  For all other questions you may have please contact the Advising Office in the Department of Politics (