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The 5 year BA/MA Program

Eligibility

The BA/MA program in Social and Public Policy provides a unique opportunity for select undergraduates at Duquesne and other universities to earn both a BA and MA in five years.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, must have completed at least 90 credits, and must have satisfied the university core, college core, and major requirements.

Students are also required to meet minimum Graduate Record Education scores for program eligibility.

Program Description

The Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy educates leaders to design, implement and evaluate policies to solve pressing social and political problems, and teaches leaders to mediate and resolve conflicts.

The Center represents a collaboration between Duquesne's Political Science and Sociology Departments. The Policy Center's strengths are its interdisciplinary faculty, stress on values and ethical frameworks, use of local and regional opportunities for study and practice, and its international and cross-cultural reach.

Yet, perhaps its greatest strength is in the flexibility and support offered to each student to design a unique program that best meets that student's interests, abilities and goals.

Program of Study

Students accepted into the BA/MA program will take courses in Social and Public Policy in the fourth and fifth years of study. This course work will satisfy remaining undergraduate requirements, including the minor requirement, and count toward an MA in Social and Public Policy.

Students receive their BA after completing 120 credits--usually after their second or third semester of graduate study.

Students earn their MA after completing four semesters of course work and a thesis--normally at the end of their fifth year.

Policy Center students may concentrate either in Policy Analysis or Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.

Course of Study

Concentration in Policy Analysis and Administration
Concentration in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies
Fall, Senior Year (12 Credits)
Research Methods
American Politics and Policy
1 Graduate Level Elective
1 Undergraduate Level Elective
Fall, Senior Year (12 Credits)
Research Methods
Foundations of Conflict Resolution
1 Graduate Level Elective
1 Undergraduate Level Elective
Spring, Senior Year (12 Credits
Organizational Theory
Quantitative Analysis
1 Graduate Level Elective
1 Undergraduate Level Elective
Spring, Senior Year (12 Credits)
Organizational Theory
Methods of Resolving Conflicts
1 Graduate Level Elective
1 Undergraduate Level Elective
Fall, Year 2 (9 Credits)
Values, Ethics and Policy
2 Graduate Level Electives
Fall, Year 2 (12 Credits)
Values, Ethics and Policy
2 Graduate Level Electives
Spring, Year 2 (9 Credits)
Thesis
2 Graduate Level Electives
Spring, Year 2 (12 Credits)
Thesis
2 Graduate Level Electives

For more information visit The Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy web site or send inquires to:
Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
BA/MA Program
512 College Hall
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412.396.6485
socialpolicy@duq.edu