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4+1 Application

4+1 Accelerated M.A. Program

Thank you for your interest in the 4+1 Accelerated M.A. Program in Political Science at Arizona State University. The application deadline is April 1st of the year prior to participation (typically, this will be in the spring of the student’s junior year). Please contact Jenna Roelle, Graduate Coordinator, with any questions.

Applicants will be notified by email by May 15th of their admission status. Admitted students must submit a Graduate College application before June 15th and pay the application fee.

Electronic application packet should be sent in one email and include four attached documents:

1.) Cover page. Please include:

a) Name

b) Specify BA/BS degree and major/minor

c) Intended major area in graduate study (International Relations, Comparative Politics or American Politics)

d) Cumulative GPA

e) POS/SGS courses taken and grades for each course (please include table or bullets for this information)

f) Anticipated date of graduation with Bachelor’s degree

g) Names, titles, and email addresses of three letter writers for letters of recommendation.

2.) Copy of unofficial transcript

3.) Writing sample (2-5 pages)

4.) Personal statement (2-5 pages) describing why you are interested in the 4+1 program. Within this statement, identify a SPGS faculty member that will serve as the 4+1 advisor. Be sure to request this of the faculty member before identifying them.

In addition: Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Jenna.Roelle@asu.edu from the letter writer in an attached Word or PDF document by April 1st. Please include applicant’s name and “4+1 LOR” in the subject line.

Two letters must from faculty members or instructors in any discipline. One letter should be from the faculty member in the School of Politics and Global Studies that has agreed to serve as the student's mentor. Please ensure the faculty is eligible to serve in this role. 

To be eligible for admission to the 4+1 program, a student must:

• be a declared, on-ground student in one of the following four Bachelor’s degrees at the time of application:

  • BA in Political Science
  • BS in Political Science
  • BA in Global Studies
  • BS in Politics and the Economy

• have accumulated at least 75 hours toward the undergraduate degree at the time of application; 90 hours are needed to begin the 4+1 program

• have completed (or be in the process of completing at the time of application) an in-person, 3-credit, 400-level POS course. Internship credits, independent study, and Junior Fellow courses are not eligible.

• have completed (or be in the process of completing at the time of application) POS 401 or SGS 401, Political Statistics

• have a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA at the time of application. (Cumulative GPA earned at ASU, excluding transfer credits.) 

• be on track to graduate with the undergraduate degree within two semesters after being accepted into the program (one calendar year after the acceptance date)

• identify a faculty mentor in the School of Politics and Global Studies to serve as a 4+1 advisor. Please see list of eligible faculty members here. 4+1 mentors must be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Please verify on the SPGS website that mentors are Professors, Associate Professors, or Assistant Professors. Lecturers, Instructors, Faculty Associates, Professors of Practice, and faculty from other units are not eligible to serve in this role. 

•complete an application packet and submit all materials by the April 1st deadline to Jenna.Roelle@asu.edu.

Students who do not meet these criteria may still apply to the M.A. in Political Science here pending graduation with a BA or BS degree.

Important information about the 4+1 program:

• This program is designed to be completed in five years total. Students must complete their undergraduate degree within one year after acceptance to this program. Students not able to complete the undergraduate portion within one year of admission to the 4+1 program will not be allowed to remain in the graduate portion of the program.

• Some scholarships and awards may be affected by admission into the 4+1 program. Students are advised to check the specifications of their awards with the Financial Assistance Office to see if this will affect compensation packages. 

• Students admitted into the 4+1 program are not entitled to teaching assistantships, health insurance, or other graduate awards while still in the undergraduate portion of the program.

• Students may apply for the PhD program within the School of Politics and Global Studies after completion of the MA portion of the program.

• Students admitted to the program may be required to attend meetings with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the designated faculty mentor. 

• Students may be dismissed from the graduate portion of the degree for failure to make satisfactory progress in graduate coursework (including receiving below a B in any graduate course). See the Graduate Handbook for more information on satisfactory progress.