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Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, Accelerated 4+1 BA/MPA

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Through the BA+MPA program, students may complete a BA in Urban and Regional Studies and a Master of Public Administration through the Levin College of Urban Affairs in five years, instead of the six academic years normally required of full-time students. High performing undergraduate students may apply to the 5-year program during the third year of undergraduate study and, if accepted, complete MPA coursework during the fourth year and a transition term. Students may then complete all remaining MPA coursework in two semesters of full-time graduate study.

Degrees Granted

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration

Additional Information

  • The five-year B.A. + M.P.A. is a fast-track program designed for high-performing undergraduates in Urban and Regional Studies. By accelerating the completion of two degrees, students will jumpstart their careers as professionals in public administration.
  • Admitted 4+1 students follow a set curriculum to ensure proper sequencing of courses. Students may only register for courses after consultation with the designated program advisor. Any student who deviates from the required curriculum risks forfeiture of program eligibility and may return to the conventional B.A. program. 

Admission to Program

In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the conventional MPA program, students applying to the 5-year BA+MPA program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and submit two letters of recommendation from Cleveland State University faculty. Upon successful completion of the fourth year and transition term, students are awarded the BA in Urban and Regional Studies. In order to be admitted to the final year of the BA+MPA Program, students must complete the BA with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, receive grades of B or better in designated coursework, and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores that meet standard MPA admission.

For more information and curriculum plans, please consult the Levin College Office of Student Services, at 216-687-3884.

Students who are accepted for an accelerated 4+1 program may apply or transfer a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours taken while an undergraduate. No additional graduate credit hours taken as an undergraduate may be applied or transferred to the graduate record.​

  • Students submit an application for admission to the B.A. + M.P.A. program through the Levin College advising office.
  • A complete application is comprised of the 4+1 application form, official Graduate Record Exam scores, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.
  • Minimum qualifications: 90 hours earned, grade-point average of 3.25 or better, GRE scores at the 40th percentile (verbal and quantitative combined) and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0 or better, plus completion of core competencies (economics, public policy and statistics) by earning a grade of B or better in UST 300 UST 302 UST 404 , and UST 405 .

Program Requirements

B.A. Program

Public Management Required Courses (8 courses)


The B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies is awarded with 120 credit hours earned and completion of all General Education, college and major-field requirements. In order to advance to the M.P.A. Program as a graduate student, the cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 with grades of B or better in all 500-level courses.

M.P.A. Program

Students complete seven additional graduate courses in fulfillment of the M.P.A. Program Core, Public and City Management Specialization, and M.P.A. Capstone.

Crosslisted Courses

The following pairs of courses are crosslisted; admitted 4+1 students may register for the 500-level versions while completing BA requirements.

  • UST 515 - Foundations in Public Administration - Taken for UST 600
  • UST 571 - Urban Colloquium - Taken for UST 671. Corequisite: UST 515.
  • UST 518 - Public Human Resources Management - Taken for UST 630.
  • UST 516 - Public Sector Economics - Taken for UST 603 
  • UST 517 - Public Administration and the Political Process - Taken for UST 617


The M.P.A. degree is awarded upon completion of all required graduate courses taken during the B.A. and M.P.A. Program for a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. All Graduate College and M.P.A. Program rules regarding academic standing and graduation apply.

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