The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS), in collaboration with the School of Public Policy, has developed a joint bachelors/master (Bach/MPP) degree program for undergraduate students. This program allows qualified UMD undergraduate students to earn their bachelors degree in one of the many BSOS majors and their master degree in public policy.  

Once admitted to the program, students spend their junior year completing most of the undergraduate general education requirements and major requirements. Assuming they meet the requirements to progress, including maintaining at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA, they take graduate-level public policy courses in the next two years. 

Up to 18 credits of these courses may count toward both the bachelors and master degrees. This is the maximum number of graduate level, public policy credits that can be taken by undergraduate students and be applied to the public policy graduate program. The remaining 30 credits of graduate course work must be taken as a graduate student. This allows students to complete both degrees in five years. 

Please Note:  BSOS students are limited to only 3 PLCY grad courses per semester.

Application Deadlines:

Spring admission: Rolling Admissions

          Early: November 1 (decision sent by December 15)

          Final: January 1 

Fall admission: Rolling Admissions

          Early: April 15 (decision sent by May 15)

          Final: July 1

Criteria to Apply for the Program:

  • Plan to pursue a major in: African American Studies; Anthropology; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Economics; Geographical Sciences; Government & Politics; Psychology; Sociology
  • A minimum of 3.5 cumulative grade point average;
  • Are within the semester of completing at least 60 undergraduate credits;
  • SAT scores if verbal + math scores total at least 1200, otherwise GRE scores must be submitted

Application Requirements: 

  • A completed application
  • Statement of purpose essay—submit a statement approximately two - four typed, double-spaced pages explaining your interest in the field of public affairs and examples of any relevant experience
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from faculty (preferably in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences) whose course you have taken. Recommendations can be sent by the reference via e-mail to policy-BAMPPprogram [at] umd [dot] edu
  • Most recent, official transcript
  • SAT scores (if not already on file with the University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Academic audits must be completed with the department(s) of your major(s)/minor(s) and the college advising center
  • Resume

Undergraduate Requirements: 

  • Statistics: STAT 100 or Equivalent (required prior to enrolling in graduate policy courses)

  • Economics: ECON 200 (required prior to enrolling in graduate policy courses)

  • Once a student is admitted to the Bach/MPP program they are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the remainder of their undergraduate curriculum.

Tips for Successful Admission:

  • Completion of STAT 100 and ECON 200 is recommended prior to applying to the Bach/MPP program.
  • Although a grade of a “C” or higher will satisfy the requirement for each of these two courses (STAT 100 and ECON 200), a strong application would include a “B” grade or better in each course.
  • Students interested in applying to this program and those enrolled are recommended to complete ECON 201 with a grade of “B” or better.
  • You should earn a minimum of 15 credits each fall and spring semester prior to applying to the program.
  • Your coursework should demonstrate academic rigor and your intellectual ability.

Completion of these tips does not guarantee admission under any circumstance. 

For general questions and advisement related to the program and how it coordinates with the undergraduate curriculum, please contact: 

Hermione Pickett
Academic Advisor
2148 Tydings Hall
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
hpickett [at] umd [dot] edu
Appointments available: 

For specific questions related to the admission process, academics and coursework, please contact: 

Taryn Faulkner
Assistant Director, Admissions & Student Affairs School of Public Policy
faulkner [at] umd [dot] edu