Five-Year B.S. / M.S. Program

The School of Public Policy offers the Five-Year B.S./M.S. Program for students enrolled in the undergraduate program who demonstrate an interest in and ability for additional education beyond the B.S. degree.

Students in the BS/MS Program will remain undergraduates until they meet requirements for the undergraduate degree, at which point they will receive their B.S. degree and be changed to graduate status. Students will be eligible to apply for the program after completion of 45 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 at that time and show appropriate progress in their degree program thereafter. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the student to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in public policy courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor's degree. Students participating in this program will be eligible for the six semester-credit-hour “Graduate Course Option” as described in the Georgia Tech catalog.

Required Graduate Credits

  • Core: 22 hours
  • Electives: 12 hours
  • Research paper: 3 hours
  • Total: 37 hours

Students are required to develop, in consultation with their advisor, a six-hour concentration in an area or specialty relevant to public policy and management (e.g. environmental policy, science and technology policy, urban policy, economic development, information and communications policy, policy evaluation, public management). Students must meet the MSPP requirement of experiential learning. This is usually done by completing an internship any time after admission to the program.

For program details, download and print the Recommended Schedule of Courses [PDF]

Contact the program advisor for an application form.