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4 + 1 Program

The Department admits a limited number of exceptional students to a "4+1" program designed to allow Vanderbilt undergraduate students to complete the bachelor's and master's degree in four years of undergraduate study plus one year of graduate study. More information about the overall 4+1 program can be found here.

4+1 MA candidates must complete 30 hours of 300-level course work and submit a thesis or complete a field examination. Among the 30 hours, students are expected to attend Math Camp the week before the "+1" year begins, complete the two course sequence in methods (PSCI 355: Research Methods and PSCI 356: Statistics I) and at least 6 hours in one major field of study (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory). The thesis is directed and approved by a two-person committee comprised of the student's advisor and one other faculty member. The comprehensive exam is evaluated by a two-person committee within the student's major field.

Students applying to the 4+1 Program in Political Science should have at least a 3.5 overall and major GPA. The GRE is not required. Ideally, students would apply in the junior year. The application process requires the following steps:

1.  Meet with the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Jonathan Hiskey
2.  Submit of a hard-copy application packet consisting of the following materials to the Director of Graduate Studies.

a.  Statement of purpose / Letter of intent explaining why the applicant seeks to enroll in the 4+1 program
b.  Vanderbilt transcript (unofficial is fine)
c.  CV or resumé
d.  Department of Political Science 4+1 Letter of Recommendation form
e.  A&S Petition to Apply to the Combined BA/MA 4+1 Degree Program form

The Graduate Committee in Political Science will evaluate applications on a rolling basis.

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Jonathan Hiskey.