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This accelerated 160-unit program allows students to complete all requirements for both the BA and MA degree in International Relations in as few as five years. The program is designed to provide superior students with analytical skills and functional expertise to help them move into professional careers in the public and private sector.
This program targets outstanding, intellectually mature undergraduate students who have clear professional goals in the field. Progressive degree students should take at least two graduate seminars during their senior year. Students complete all other requirements during their fifth year. A maximum of one-third of the units for the master’s degree may be applied toward the units required for the bachelor’s degree.
Progressive degree students are strongly encouraged to participate in the IR Honors Program during the fall of their senior year. Students may choose to develop the Honors Thesis to satisfy the MA substantive paper requirement.