Combined BA in Political Science or Economics/MPP

The Political Science and Economics Departments in conjunction with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) offer a combined Bachelor of Arts or Science in Political Science or Economics/Master of Public Policy degree. The BA or BS/MPP program allows students to complete 12 credits as part of the undergraduate program, thereby completing the master’s degree within five and a half years. 

Undergraduate Political Science or Economics majors should apply for the MPP during their junior year, once they have completed 75 credit hours. BA/BS students taking public policy and public administration (PPPA) graduate courses must work with a TSPPPA advisor in addition to their undergraduate advisor.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the combined degree program should submit the following materials to Lindsey Duble-Dice, Trachtenberg School Director of Admissions. It is preferred that all materials be submitted as a single PDF document, with the exception of letters of recommendation, which should be sent to Lindsey directly by the recommender. 

  • CCAS Combined Degree Application Form, including required signatures 
    • An email from your director of undergraduate studies indicating support for your application may be accepted in lieu of a physical signature 
  • Copy of your Unofficial Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a current GW Professor
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose
    • 250-500 words, indicating your purpose in undertaking graduate study, academic objectives, research interests, and career plans


Applications for Fall start are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of June 1. Spring start applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis. 


Trachtenberg School Director of Admissions: Lindsey Duble-Dice, [email protected] 

Director of Graduate Studies: Anil Nathan, [email protected]