Policies and Procedures

Degree Completion

Applying for the Master's Degree

Students must apply for the master's degree by the relevant deadline, and should select the non-thesis option.

Request the Master's Degree

All degree requirements must be met prior to the end of the final quarter of study if the application is to be approved. In addition, registration must be maintained for the entire quarter in which application for the degree is made. A student who does not complete all degree requirements by the last day of the quarter must be registered for the following quarter.

Note: the Graduate Registration Waiver Fee is not applicable to Policy Studies  students.

Time Limit for Completion of Master's Degree

All work for the master's degree must be completed within six years. This limit includes On-Leave quarters and transfer credits.

Degree Completion Requirements

For entrance cohorts prior to 2017 = 60 credits

Required Courses 

BPOLST 500 – Policy Process (5 credits)
BPOLST 501 – Public Finance and Budgeting (5 credits)
BPOLST 502 – Statistics for Policy Studies (5 credits)
BPOLST 503 – Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (5 credits)
BPOLST 504 – Management and Organizations (5 credits)
BPOLST 506 – Capstone Research (5 credits)
BPOLST 508 – Capstone Project (5 credits)

  • Total number of core course credits: 35

Elective Courses 

  • Minimum number of elective credits: 25
  • Minimum number of BPOLST elective credits, not including BPOLST 520 or BPOLST 598: 10
  • Petition for outside coursework required for any non‐BPOLST elective

Other Requirements

  • Final Capstone Manuscript
    Spring Quarter year two
     
  • Conference Presentation
    Spring Quarter year two

Degree Completion Requirements

For entrance cohorts 2017 and after = 45 credits

Required Courses 

BPOLST 510 – Statistics Fundamental (5 credits)
BPOLST 511 – Policy Process and Analysis (5 credits)
BPOLST 502 – Statistics for Policy Studies (5 credits)
BPOLST 513 – Practicum for Policy Studies (5 credits)
BPOLST 504 – Management and Program Evaluation (5 credits)
BPOLST 594 – Research Design (5 credits) or petitioned research alternative
BPOLST 515 – Capstone  (6 credits)

BPOLST 509 - Proseminar (1 credit x 4 quarters = 4 credits)

  • Total number of core course credits: 40

Elective Courses 

  • Minimum number of elective credits: 5
  • Petition for outside coursework required for any non‐BPOLST elective

Other Requirements

  • Final Capstone Manuscript
    Summer Quarter