Accelerated BA/MA Degree Program



As you approach your final year of undergraduate study, we would like to take this opportunity to describe the benefits of the ACCELERATED B.A./M.A. DEGREE PROGRAM offered through Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and The Division of Politics and Economics (DPE). This exciting program offers you the chance to earn graduate credit while completing the final year of your Bachelor’s degree. The benefits to you include savings in time and money of up to one full semester over traditional consecutive enrollment degree options.

Undergraduates enrolled in the Claremont Colleges who are interested in pursuing a career in government, politics, policy, economics, consulting, advocacy, or the non-profit sector should consider enrolling in the Accelerated B.A./M.A. programs in the Department of Politics and Policy in the Division of Politics and Economics. DPE offers six (6) distinct master’s degree programs in eleven fields of study, allowing each student to tailor a program to their specific interests and goals. Many of our students find immediate employment in various fields of public policy, research and advocacy, government agencies and in business.


The joint program is open to qualified Juniors/Seniors at the Claremont Colleges.

Most students who enroll are Government/Political Science, Sociology or Economics majors, or minor in one of these fields. Students may apply for admission in the Fall or Spring Semester of their Junior year, and may use the remaining semesters at their undergraduate institutions to complete the 12-16 pre-baccalaureate graduate units. Upon the receipt of their undergraduate degree, the student becomes a full time student at Claremont Graduate University for the remaining year of study.

Acceptance into the program is based on an evaluation of the student’s undergraduate grades, GRE or GMAT scores, performance, and recommendations, each demonstrating the student’s preparation for graduate training.

How does the Accelerated B.A./M.A. program Work?

A Claremont College undergraduate has the option of enrolling in classes in the Division of Politics and Economics during his/her Junior or Senior years, at no additional tuition cost. Some of the advanced courses offered at the undergraduate institutions may, with approval, be counted for graduate credit. Courses completed at the Graduate University, or accepted as equivalents, may be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs (up to a limit of 12-16 units). In this way, Claremont Colleges' undergraduates get a head start on completing their graduate requirements. Normally, students who receive their B.A. having completed the necessary graduate or equivalent units may be able to complete their Master’s Degree program with only two additional semesters of enrollment at CGU.


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