Programs and Organizations

Earn Two Degrees in Five Years with the New Concurrent Degree!

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce the new BA-BS/MPA concurrent degree program. This program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Political Science as well as a Master of Public Administration in five years. Earning both a BA or BS and a Master's degree typically takes six years to complete. The concurrent degree program saves both time and money. A Master of Public Administration trains students for a wide variety of careers in public sector and non-profit organizations. Please be advised that careful academic planning is required beginning in your sophomore year.

Interested students should contact Dr. Jim Franke, Director of Graduate Studies.



There is an active M. P. A. student organization (K-ASPAwithin the Department of Political Science.  Participation in this organization is an excellent way of meeting other graduate students and keeping up-to-date with departmental news and events. In general, this organization is expected to foster professionalism among students. There is also a chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha -- the Public Administration Honor Society.


OPSPASS stands for Organization of Political Science Public Administration and Security Studies. OPSPASS is a student group, where anyone at any degree level from any program (Political Science, Security Studies, Public Administration) can be a member. The purpose of OPSPASS is to : (1) Gather together individuals from Kansas State University and the local Manhattan area interested in Political Science, Security Studies, Public Administration and other disciplines related to these topics. (2) To promote the professional, educational, and civil interests of students associated with the Political Science Department. Additional information can be found on the M.A. Political Science Bulletin Board in Waters Hall on the 2nd Floor. If you have a particular question, we would be happy to help so please contact the OPSPASS members through the Political Science department. 

We hope to see you at the next meeting!