Linked BA-MPP

How to Apply for Admission to the Linked BA/BS-MPP Program

About the Program:

The Departments of Political Science and Economics are delighted to announce the addition of new five-year Linked Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Policy Degree Programs. The new Linked Bachelor’s-Master’s of Public Policy Programs are specifically designed for students who want to pursue professional careers in policy analysis, program management, and policy advocacy. These programs allow MSU undergraduates to apply up to 9 approved credits from the undergraduate level to their master’s degree requirements. As a result, undergraduates can get a jump start on their professional careers by earning both a Bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree and a Master’s of Public Policy (MPP) degree in a total of five years-one year early.

Program Admissions and Application Information:

Students will normally apply for the new Linked BA/BS-MPP programs option during the end of their junior year with the expectation of starting the program during their senior year.  To be admitted, students must do the following:

  • Apply online as described in the general application process to the MPP
  • Through the online application submit a Personal Statement describing interest in, and motivation for, pursuing a graduate degree in public policy.  More specifically in the statement you may describe why you would like to be admitted to the Linked Bachelor’s – Master’s of Public Policy program at Michigan State University.  Summarize your professional goals and how you believe this program will help you attain those goals.  List any special analytic or research skills you possess that may be useful in graduate study.  Also, list any substantive policy areas (i.e., education, the environment, health care) or specific policy problems (i.e., economic development, government regulation, state fiscal issues, etc.) of particular interest to you.  Your personal statement should be approximately 250 words in length.
  • Through the online application request TWO letters of recommendation from faculty members addressing the applicant’s potential for success in graduate study in public policy.
  • Provide current academic transcript(s).  Mail to: Department of Political Science, 368 Farm Lane, S303 South Kedzie Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.
  • An approved program of study (to be completed in consultation between the student, the student’s undergraduate advisor, and the Director of the MPP Program).

Linked programs are open to current Michigan State University undergraduates who are majoring in Political Science or Economics.  Admission to the new Linked Bachelor’s – Master’s of Public Policy Program is competitive.  Students should have strong academic backgrounds (i.e., undergraduate grade point averages of 3.50 or above); they should have done well in their political science, economics, and public policy courses; and they should have a clear desire to pursue a career in public policy.