Earn a BA plus a Masters in Public Administration in as few as five years.
Rutgers University-Camden offers Political Science majors accelerated degree option in which highly motivated, career-minded students can earn a BA in Political Science as well as an MPA from our Department of Public Policy & Administration (DPPA) on an accelerated basis. After reading the description below, interested students should download and complete an application from the following link and submit it to Dr. Maureen Donaghy, Department Chair
- Undergraduates take four graduate classes (12 credits) that count toward both their BA and their MPA. Double counting these classes accelerates attaining the MPA degree. These 12 credits are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate.
- Students in the accelerated BA/MPA are not required to take the GRE or any other standardized admission test in order to formally apply admission to the DPPA masters program.
- Earn an MPA from a nationally accredited degree program.
- A 3.0 GPA in Political Science and overall.
- Students must have completed at least the first semester of their sophomore year (45 credits) with a minimum of one year (30 credits) at Rutgers
- Students must be admitted and begin the program no later than the beginning of their senior year (after completing a maximum of 96 credits)
Fall/Junior Year: Students apply for admission to the BA/MPA program. Interested students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Harris, who also teaches in the DPPA.
Spring/Junior Year: The Associate Dean for the Graduate Studies sends the student letters of acceptance into the dual degree program before the April pre-registration period. The letter specifies the conditions for the program, maintaining a 3.0 GPA and taking a maximum of four graduate courses (12 credits) while still an undergraduate. A copy of this letter is sent to Admissions, to the Records Division of the Registrar’s Office and to the DPPA Chair.
During pre-registration advising on the student’s senior year schedule, using a special permission number, the student is registered for TWO graduate courses in fall of the senior year. These courses are taken along with his/her regular undergraduate courses. The undergraduate tuition rate is charged for them, and the credits are double counted (i.e. they are part of the 120 credits required for the BA and are also counted toward the MPA).
Fall/Senior Year: Following the registration procedure described above, the student is registered for TWO additional graduate courses to be taken in the spring semester of the senior year. These classes are also counted toward both the BA and the MPA.
Spring/Senior Year: The student formally applies to the Graduate School, following all normal procedures. The student is awarded the Baccalaureate degree. Having been formally admitted to the graduate school, the student may begin taking regular MPA courses in either the summer or the fall after graduation. Upon entering graduate school, the student will already have completed four of the courses required for the Master’s degree.
No student will be classified as a graduate student and coded school 56 until the baccalaureate degree has been awarded.
Highly talented and qualified students have the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a graduate law degree (Juris Doctor, or “JD”) in six years rather than the usual seven, as part of a joint endeavor of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences and the Rutgers Law School–Camden.
This program provides the opportunity for Dual BA/JD students complete all general education requirements and all requirements for a major in the College of Arts and Sciences in three years. Dual degree candidates must perform sufficiently well to be able to participate in the Honors College. If determined to be qualified, they then enter the Law School. Credits earned during the students’ first year required law courses shall be deemed to complete the students’ requirements for a Bachelor of Arts, provided that students have earned at least 92 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences prior to matriculation at the Law School. The students will receive their Bachelor of Arts degree upon successful completion of all first-year law courses, normally at the end of their fourth year of study, and Dual Degree students shall be eligible to participate in the College of Arts and Science’s graduation ceremonies at the end of their 4th year. See the table below for guidance about what courses to take when; note that some of the information in this table pertains only to students enrolled in the Honors College.
Students selected for this program will need rigorous advising so that they successfully meet the Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and Law School entry requirements. The pre-law advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences will serve as the primary point of contact with the students during their first three years; however, students must also be sure to meet the requirements of their academic major. Dual degree candidates must be accepted into and participate fully in the special pre-law advisory program for dual degree candidates, and must be recommended for continuation in the dual-degree program by the program’s coordinator.
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In order to qualify for the program, students will have to meet admissions requirements for both schools. Students should note that separate applications are required for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Law School, and acceptance into the College of Arts and Sciences and/or the BA/JD program does not guarantee acceptance by the Law School.
Dual BA/JD students applying as freshmen to the College of Arts and Sciences must have (1) a minimum Critical Reading and Writing SAT of 600 each or combined (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) SAT of 1900 and (2) a high school grade point average of 3.75 (on a four-point scale). Students who do not meet these initial criteria may still apply for consideration for the program at the end of their freshman year at Rutgers-Camden, provided that they have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and that space is available in the program. ACT scores may also be submitted for consideration. Given the intensive nature of the program, admission is not available for transfer students. Students who are not admitted to the Law School must complete additional course work in the College of Arts and Sciences in order to graduate.
After matriculation in law school and upon the student’s successful completion of the eight required first year courses, the bachelor’s degree will be awarded. The Juris Doctor will be awarded upon successful completion of the required 84 course credits of law school work and all other JD requirements (typically after three years as a full time student at the Law School).
Students entering Rutgers-Camden from high school should apply to the program after they have been admitted to Rutgers-Camden.
For students already enrolled at Rutgers-Camden and seeking admission after their first year: September 15th of the sophomore year.
If you would like to apply to the program or ask any questions, you should contact Dr. Timothy Martin, the advisor for the BA/JD program for the College of Arts and Sciences. Access the application form here.
Application to Law School
Once enrolled in the Camden College of Arts and Sciences, students should meet with Dr. Timothy Martin, the advisor for the BA/JD program for the College of Arts and Sciences. To enhance their opportunity for acceptance, Dual Degree students should apply to the Law School for early admission by January 15th of their junior year, and must complete the application process required of all applicants to the Law School. They must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by no later than December of their junior year and should achieve a score equal to or exceeding the median LSAT score achieved by students entering the law school in the preceding year. The Law School will admit students who achieve this score and meet all other admissions requirements; however, failure to achieve the requisite LSAT score will not automatically result in denial of admission to the Law School. In addition, they must present a minimum GPA of 3.4 or its equivalent at the end of their fifth semester at Rutgers – Camden. At least three-fourths of the CCAS requirements for the bachelor’s degree must be completed before matriculation at the Law School. The Law School may require a personal interview of the applicant.
Applicants to Rutgers School of Law from the Dual Degree program should present evidence of strong analytical and writing skills. To ensure that they have had opportunities for research, seminar, and/or independent study experiences expected of applicants to Rutgers School of Law – Camden, students should complete: (1) at least 2 writing courses beyond basic freshman writing and (2) an advanced level seminar or independent study in their major field of study no later than their junior year. Additionally, it is recommended that their pre-law courses include a basic course in each of the American constitution or system of government, logic, and statistics, and that they be proficient in computer use, including at a minimum word processing, email and internet research.
Rutgers School of Law reserves the right to deny admission to any person who is not deemed of good character and/or has been charged with, arrested for, or convicted of the violation of any law (other than minor traffic violations), dismissed, expelled, suspended or disciplined within Rutgers or elsewhere for academic or any other reason.
During their three years at CCAS, students will pay tuition and fees to Rutgers at the undergraduate rate. During the three years at the Law School, students will pay tuition and fees at the Law School rate. Financial aid will be calculated in accordance with the host school’s then-current student eligibility policies and administered by the host institution.
Any student holding a CCAS scholarship should note that this scholarship is exclusively for students enrolled as undergraduates on the Camden campus and does not transfer to any program on the New Brunswick or Newark campuses or to any graduate or professional program on the Camden campus. Students should be advised that while federal and private loans are available at both the undergraduate and law schools, scholarships and grants must be applied for and shall be awarded separately by each school and shall only apply while the student is enrolled at the respective school.
Students should discuss financing options with the financial aid office as part of their planning process.
For further information, contact Rutgers Law Admissions,
The Pre-Law advisor for the Department of Political Science is Dr. Maureen Donaghy