Department of Political Science

5-Year Accelerated BA/MPA

The Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (ABM) Program provides an opportunity for Auburn University’s most talented public administration undergraduates to complete graduate training in a reduced time frame. By offering this opportunity to our best undergraduates, we attract highly qualified students to the Master of Public Administration program (MPA). This improves the quality of the classes and learning experience for all students. It also aids the development and preparation of high-performing students for careers in public service.


Acceptance Requirements

To be accepted into the ABM program, students must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Have completed at least 45 credit hours but no more than 96 credit hours, including advanced placement credits
  2. Have completed at least 24 credit hours at Auburn University
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.4 overall
  4. Have been admitted into the public administration major and completed at least 12 credit hours in the major, including POLI-1090 American Government in a Multicultural World and POLI-3250 Introduction to Public Administration
  5. Receive a minimum grade of B in POLI-1090 and POLI-3250


Students typically explore this option in the fall or spring of their sophomore year, and many meet or exceed the standards for admission into the MPA program. To apply, a student must fill out the application form and submit a short letter of interest, indicating why he or she wishes to participate in the program.


Students in the ABM program complete their undergraduate degree with MPA coursework counting toward undergraduate requirements. To count credits for both the undergraduate degree and MPA, students must receive a grade of B or better in the four double-counted courses. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, ABM students submit a Graduate School application to the MPA program under the same standards as other applicants. Students then complete the remaining MPA course requirements in two to three subsequent semesters.


Once admitted to the MPA program, a student may also simultaneously pursue a graduate certificate in Election Administration, Nonprofit Organizations and Community Governance, or a graduate minor in Economic Development or Community Planning.


If you would like to discuss the program further, Please email the MPA program director.




For more information

Bridgett King

Dr. Bridgett King

MPA Program Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8030-C Haley Center

Last Updated: April 21, 2020