Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science, BA/Public Administration, MPA

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Program Coordinator: Casey Fleming (134-A Brewster Building; 252-328-1063; flemingca17@ecu.edu)

The Political Science, BA / Public Administration, MPA accelerated program is initiated while undergraduates are completing the Political Science, BA and is intended for outstanding undergraduates. Eligible students accepted into the program may double-count up to 12 semester hours of approved graduate coursework towards completion of both the Political Science, BA  and Public Administration, MPA degrees. 

ECU undergraduate political science students with a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA and a B or higher in POLS 2090 may apply to the accelerated program during the semester in which they expect to complete a minimum of 75 eligible undergraduate semester hours. Upon acceptance by the Department of Political Science and the submission of the Request to Pursue an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Program online form by the graduate program director, the student can begin taking graduate courses the following semester. Students should apply for undergraduate graduation one semester prior to completing the undergraduate degree requirements and should apply for formal admission to the graduate program by the advertised application deadline for the desired term of admission. The desired term of admission is the semester following the expected undergraduate graduation term. Complete instructions are found in the Admissions and Readmissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain eligible to participate in the accelerated program. Undergraduate accelerated program students earning a grade of C in any graduate course can count that course toward the bachelor’s degree but will no longer be eligible to take additional graduate courses and are dismissed from the accelerated program. Students will be able to apply to the MPA program. 

Students in the accelerated program who have a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 at the time of undergraduate graduation will be placed on academic probation in their first semester in the master’s program. They will be subject to dismissal from the program if they do not achieve a graduate level GPA of 3.0 in courses related to their program of study after 9 semester hours of graduate credit attempted.

Undergraduate students accepted into the Political Science, BA/ Public Administration, MPA accelerated program may count up to 12 s.h. from the following courses:

  • PADM 6100 - Politics and Management in Public Agencies  (for POLS 3252 )
  • PADM 6101 - Analysis for the Public Sector  (for POLS 3031 )
  • ​PADM 6102 - Quantitative Methods for Public Administration  (for POLS 3032 )
  • PADM 6116 - Women, Public Policy, and Administration  (for POLS 3041 )
  • PADM 6120 - Public Budgeting and Finance  (for POLS 3253 )
  • PADM 6130 - Urban Policy and Administration  (for POLS 3242 )
  • PADM 6160 - Public Policy Formulation and Implementation  (for POLS 3255 )

Graduate courses that may count towards undergraduate electives:

  • PADM 6110 - Human Resource Management in Public Agencies
  • PADM 6111 - Contemporary Problems in Public Personnel Administration
  • PADM 6112 - Productivity in the Public Sector
  • PADM 6121 - Financial Management in State and Local Governments
  • PADM 6123 - Economic Development
  • PADM 6124 - State and Local Government Finance
  • PADM 6140 - Administrative Law and Ethics
  • PADM 6150 - Seminar in Public Administration
  • PADM 6161 - Applied Policy Analysis
  • PADM 6162 - Environmental Administration
  • PADM 6163 - Environmental Policy Analysis
  • PADM 6164 - State and Local Environmental Policy
  • PADM 6165 - Program Evaluation
  • PADM 6170 - Intergovernmental/Interagency Relations
  • PADM 6210 - Organization Theory in the Public Context
  • PADM 6220 - Leadership and Ethics in the Public Sector
  • PADM 6240 - Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • PADM 6260 - Management of Public Information Technology
  • PADM 6325 - Transportation Policy
  • PADM 6400 - Health Policy
  • PADM 6410 - Health Policy Analysis

Admission Process

Students interested in the accelerated program should speak with the graduate program director to determine admissibility into the program. Following this discussion, the student and graduate program director should follow the procedures outlined in the Admission and Readmission section of the graduate catalog.

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