Bachelor’s + Master’s in just 5 years

The BA in Political Science to Master of Public Policy dual-degree program allows students to finish both an undergraduate degree and graduate degree at University of the Pacific in just five years. A total of five courses are double counted toward both degrees, giving students significant time and financial savings. You will finish this program on Pacific’s Sacramento Campus, which offers a robust network for internships during the fifth year and many local employment opportunities in public policy upon graduation.

Pathway breakdown
  • BA in Political Science — complete in 3.5 years
  • MPP — coursework starts in the program’s fourth year and completes after year 5
  • Total time to BA & MPP degree: 5 years
  • 5 courses double count towards both degrees
  • Study at both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses 
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Faculty Voice
Fast track your career in public policy

Professor Keith Smith explains what sets Pacific’s Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Master’s in Public Policy program apart, from its accelerated pathway to our prime campus locations in Stockton, the San Joaquin County seat and Sacramento, California’s state capital.

Study in California's Capital

Earn a Master of Public Policy in California's capital city of Sacramento, where crucial policy decisions that impact the entire nation — including important economic policies — are made.

McGeorge School of Law

The MPP program is the first of its kind by a law school and offers a unique blend of legal analysis with the data skills, research, analysis and evaluation that are gained with a background in economics.

Public Policy careers

Our MPP graduates have gone on to work in government, non-government, and private sector jobs, including:

  • Climate and transportation analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Program analyst
  • Legislative aide

Contact Us

Program Directors

Keith Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

Jeffrey Michael, Director, McGeorge MPA & MPP Programs