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The Joint Bachelor's/Master's (BACH/MPP) Program in Public Policy provides students with a rich liberal arts education through one of the outstanding policy-related majors in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students can then jump-start their policy careers by earning a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. SPP is one of the top-ranked policy programs in the Washington region and ranked in the top-ten nationally in such fields as environmental policy, social policy, and budgeting and finance. The School is also home to nationally recognized programs in international security and economic policy and in international development.

Students must meet the following criteria to apply to the joint program:

  • Have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service via involvement with policy-oriented organizations or individual efforts;
  • Plan to pursue a major in African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government & Politics, Psychology, or Sociology;
  • Are within two months of completing at least 60 undergraduate credits with a 3.5 GPA;
  • Have received a combined SAT (verbal + math) or GRE (verbal plus quantitative) score of at least 1270.

Once admitted to the program, students will spend their junior year completing most of the undergraduate CORE and major requirements. Assuming they maintain at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA, in the next two years they will take graduate-level public policy courses. Up to 18 credits of these courses may count towards both the undergraduate and master's degrees. This is the maximum number of graduate level credits that can be taken by undergraduate students. The remaining 30 credits of graduate course work must be taken as a graduate student. This allows students to complete both degrees in as few as 5 years and avoid several thousands of dollars in tuition charges and fees! Better yet, graduate courses taken during the senior year will be charged at significantly lower undergraduate rates, saving even more! Supplementing the formal course of study will be a rich potpourri of opportunities to broaden and enliven students' policy education

Both BSOS and SPP bring to campus many outstanding policy leaders and scholars. Access to SPP's extensive internship and career services will introduce students to hundreds of opportunities to engage in policy-related internships at the international, national, state and local levels in a multitude of policy fields in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring Admission: Rolling admissions

             Early: November 1  (admission decision will be sent by December 15)

             Final: January 5

  • Fall Admission: Rolling admissions

             Early: April 1  (admission decision will be sent by May 15)

             Final: July 1 

Application Requirements:
Send complete application to: Attn: BACH/MPP Program, School of Public Policy, 3111 Van Munching Hall

  • Paper application, available here  (DO NOT use the University's standard electronic Graduate School application)
  • Statement of Purpose essay
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Latest transcripts
  • SAT scores if verbal + math scores total at least 1270, otherwise GRE scores must be submitted
  • Audit from BSOS (Academic/Departmental Advisor)
  • Resume

How to Prepare for the BA/MPP Program:

  • Calculus: Math 120 or Math 140 (required prior to enrolling in graduate policy courses)
  • Economics: Econ 200 (required prior to enrolling in graduate policy courses)
  • Other quantitive courses such as statistics in addition to BSOS major requirements (suggested but not required)



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