Political Science BA / Public Policy MS

Major: Political Science and Public Policy
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 225.0 credits
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
BA Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.1001
BA Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094
MS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 44.0501
MS Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1031

About the Program

The Political Science program in the Department of Politics helps students cultivate perspective; develop critical thinking, communication, and data analysis skills; and understand the economic, social, and political systems within which we live and work. Our curriculum builds on the department's research focuses and strengths. These include public policy, environmental politics, international organizations, human rights, and law and society. This flexible program allows students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs whether they are preparing for public service, the business world, graduate school in political science, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Drexel’s MS in Public Policy  is designed for people who work, or who would like to work, for government or a nonprofit organization. It is innovative and distinct in at least two key respects: Its focus on case study research and its distinct tracks of specialization.

For more information about this program, contact Academic Advisor, Jenna Gregory 215.895.2590 or email jeg362@drexel.edu

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the standard eligibility requirement for accelerated programs should consult with their advisor and work on an individual plan of study to submit with the Change of Curriculum form.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum**
Developing Quantitative Reasoning **6.0-8.0
Two courses in MATH based on placement exams OR
Symbolic Logic I
Symbolic Logic II
Engaging the Natural World**6.0-8.0
Analyzing Cultures & Histories**6.0-8.0
Understanding Society and Human Behavior**6.0-8.0
Cultivating Global Competence**6.0-8.0
Perspectives in Diversity**3.0-4.0
Political Science Major Requirements
Required Introductory Courses
PSCI 110American Government4.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 140Comparative Politics I4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Required Research Methods Courses
PSCI 131 [WI] Research Design for Political Science4.0
PSCI 231Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science4.0
PSCI 232Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science4.0
Required Intermediate Courses
Any three 200-level PSCI courses EXCEPT for research methods courses (PSCI 231 and PSCI 232)***12.0
Political Science Upper-level Elective Courses
Any five PSCI courses at 300-level or above***20.0
Free Electives74.0
MS Public Policy
Required Courses
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 504Methods of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 506Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process3.0
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
ECON 601Managerial Economics3.0
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
INFO 680US Government Information (Or Open Data Research)3.0
URBS 530Quantitative Methods & Reasoning for Urban Strategists3.0
Statistics - Choose 13.0
Communication Theory II: Discourse and Semiotics
Intro to Econometrics and Data Analysis
Business Statistics
Statistics for Business Analytics
Case Study Courses (must be taken in sequence during the spring-fall and winter quarters)
PLCY 510Introduction to Case Study Research3.0
PLCY 516Case Study Research II3.0
PLCY 517Case Study Final Project3.0
Public Policy Approved Electives 9.0
COM 500-999
ECON 500-999
EDPO 500-999
ENVP 500-999
URBS 500-999
Total Credits225.0-236.0

Students not participating in co-op will take one additional credit of free elective instead of COOP 101.
All PSCI students are on the spring/summer co-op cycle.
COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


See Core Curriculum List for complete list of course options.


See political science course list.

Approve Public Policy Electives must be approved by the PLCY program director and by the department offering the course.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
PSCI 1104.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSCI 120, 140, or 1504.0 
PSCI 120, 140, or 1504.0PSCI 120, 140, or 1504.0(UG) Analyzing Cultures & Histories3.0 
UNIV H1011.0PSCI 1314.0(UG) Perspectives in Diversity3.0 
(UG) Developing Quantitative Reasoning3.0(UG) Developing Quantitative Reasoning3.0  
 15 15 13 0
Second Year
PSCI 2324.0PSCI 2314.0UG) PSCI Intermediate course4.0COOP 101*1.0
(UG) PSCI Intermediate course4.0(UG) PSCI Intermediate course4.0(UG) Upper-level PSCI elective4.0(UG) Free Electives15.0
(UG) Cultivating Global Competence3.0(UG) Cultivating Global Competence3.0(UG) Understanding Society & Human Behavior3.0 
(UG) Analyzing Cultures & Histories3.0(UG) Understanding Society & Human Behavior3.0(UG) Engaging the Natural World3.0 
(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) Free Elective3.0 
 17 17 17 16
Third Year
(UG) Upper-level PSCI electives8.0(UG) Upper-level PSCI electives8.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
(UG) Engaging the Natural World3.0(UG) Free electives7.0  
(UG) Free Electives8.0   
 19 15 0 0
Fourth Year
UNIV H2011.0(UG) Free electives12.0(UG) Free Electives12.0STUDENT CONVERTS TO GR STATUS
(UG) Free Electives11.0PLCY 5033.0PLCY 5043.0 
PLCY 5063.0(GR) Approved PLCY Elective3.0PLCY 5103.0 
(GR) Approved PLCY Elective3.0   
 18 18 18 0
Fifth Year
PLCY 5163.0ECON 6013.0ECON 6163.0 
STAT 6013.0PLCY 5073.0INFO 6803.0 
URBS 5303.0PLCY 5173.0(GR) Approved PLCY Elective3.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 225

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to takeCOOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

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