Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science and Master of Professional Studies in the Field of Advocacy in the Global Environment

Columbian College's Department of Political Science and the College of Professional Studies offer the dual B.A./M.P.S. degree program for undergraduate students who are interested in careers in global politics and advocacy, from lobbying to strategic public relations, campaigns, and influence building. The program allows students to take a specified number of graduate credits as part of their undergraduate degree, thereby allowing both degrees to be earned more quickly and at a lower cost. Students pursuing the dual program must complete all political science degree requirements. To  meet the requirements of the dual program, students take 9 credits in graduate-level courses as part of their B.A. program of study.

Consult the Department of Political Science for admissions requirements and other details.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 

Students must complete all Political Science degree requirements, as outlined here:

Admission to the dual degree program allows the student to substitute three courses of the undergraduate Political Science major for Global Advocacy required courses (see "Required Core Courses" below) . These courses will count toward three of the four upper level elective courses in Political Science required for the major and may be taken during the second semester of junior year and during senior year.

Degree Requirements, M.P.S. in Advocacy in the Global Environment

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (21 credit hours)

PSAD 6225 Fundamentals of Global Political Management
PMGT 6403 Political Data & Analysis
PMGT 6402 Applied Political Communications
PMGT 6404 Principled Political Leadership
PSAD 6240 Global Advocacy: Strategies, Tools, and Tactics OR PSAD 6270 International Public Relations and Global Advocacy
PSAD 6250 Cultural Aspects of Global Engagement
PSAD 6260 Comparative Political Management Environments


PSAD 6200 Advocating in North America (Washington, DC)
PSAD 6200 Advocating in Europe (Brussels)
PSAD 6200 Advocating in Turkey and its Region (Istanbul, Ankara)
PSAD 6200 Advocating in Asia (Hong Kong)
PSAD 6200 Advocating in Latin America  (Sao Paulo, Brasilia)
PSAD 6200 Advocating in the United Kingdom (London, Oxford)
PSAD 6200 Advocating in the East Asian Capitals (Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo)

ELECTIVE COURSES (6 credit hours)

Flexible Electives:  With advisor approval, students may take electives from the Legislative Affairs, Strategic Public Relations or Political Management programs.  Some students also take courses at the Elliott School of Global Affairs, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and the School of Business.