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Combined Degree Program in Political Science and Public Administration (BA/MPA or BS/MPA)


This combined degree program enables students to complete their bachelors in political science and master of public administration degree in an accelerated fashion, in as little as five years.  When qualified Brockport undergraduate political science majors are admitted to this combined degree program, they may take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in public administration, all at the undergraduate tuition rate. These credits may apply to undergraduate and graduate degree requirements simultaneously. Upon finishing all undergraduate degree requirements and graduating in good academic standing in the combined degree program, students matriculate directly into the master of public administration program.

Admission to the Program

Admission to this highly selective combined degree program is restricted to Brockport political science students who have:

  • completed at least 54 undergraduate credits
  • a cumulative Brockport GPA of at least 3.0

Qualified students interested in this combined degree program should speak with their undergraduate faculty advisor before submitting the online application.

Applications include:

  • General personal information
  • Statement of purpose
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a Brockport political science professor

Program Requirements

Taking Graduate Classes as a Combined Degree Student

Once admitted to this combined degree program, undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in public administration at the undergraduate tuition rate.

The undergraduate political science major requires students to take one elective course in each of 4 sub-fields plus three additional electives (21 credits). For these requirements, students in the combined degree program are to take:

  • PLS 312 Intro to Public Administration
  • PLS 401 Local Government Internship

When combined degree students have fulfilled all requirements for their political science major and their undergraduate degree, they may no longer take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rate. Furthermore, no more than 12 graduate credits taken as undergraduates at Brockport can transfer into their graduate degree program and fulfill its course requirements.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing in the Program

Combined degree students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing in the program.

Students who are dismissed or choose to dematriculate from the combined degree program, can complete outstanding requirements for the undergraduate major and degree. If such a student subsequently applies for the graduate program, those credits may be transferred to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

Matriculation into the Graduate Program

When undergraduate students in good academic standing in this combined degree program graduate from Brockport, they are eligible to automatically matriculate into the master of public administration program.  All Brockport graduate academic policies will then apply to them.

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Department Chair: Dena Levy
Location: Hartwell 211
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Phone: (585) 395-2584
Fax: (585) 395-5679

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Faculty & Staff

Geoffrey C Bauer MA
(SUNY At Buffalo)

Mark J Chadsey Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Associate Professor + Interim Chair

Muditha Halliyadde JSD
(Indiana University-Bloomington)
Adjunct Lecturer

Steven J Jurek Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Associate Professor

Jean Kachiga Ph.D
(University of Frankfurt)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dena B Levy Ph.D
(University Of Iowa)
Associate Professor and Chair

Martin McCarthy JD
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Adjunct Lecturer

Susan E Orr Ph.D
(University Of Florida)
Associate Professor

Sandy M Persons
Keyboard Specialist 1

Andrea Rubery Ph.D
(Georgetown University)

Nilay Saiya Ph.D
(University Of Notre Dame)
Assistant Professor

Robert Shum Ph.D
(Johns Hopkins University)
Assistant Professor

Public Administration Faculty & Staff

Colin Fleming BS
(SUNY At Fredonia)
Graduate Assistant

Jeremiah Kirkland MS
(Roberts Wesleyan College)
Adjunct Lecturer

Philip F LaPorta MPA
(SUNY College At Brockport)

Jessica L Muratore MPA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

James J Ross Ph.D
(SUNY At Buffalo)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Allyn M Stelljes MPA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Weijie Wang Ph.D
(University Of Southern California)
Assistant Professor

Celia A Watt Ph.D
(The University Of Texas At Austin)
Professor + Chair, Director of Ipsed

Jana Wong BA
(SUNY College At Geneseo)
Graduate Assistant

Wendy Wright Ph.D
(SUNY At Binghamton)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Ryan Yeung Ph.D
(Syracuse University)
Assistant Professor