Please consult the Graduate Calendar for detailed requirements on the graduate program you are interested in.

What is an accelerated pathway?

An accelerated pathway is a “flexible and individualized” plan of graduate study for students who are in their second or third year of the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (BPAPM) degree. For most pathways, graduate credits completed in the final year of your undergraduate studies will be counted in the completion of your BPAPM degree and provide advanced standing in the graduate programs as noted below. In other words, credits completed in your 4th year can count for both the BPAPM and your graduate degree. For the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree, students in the Public Policy and Administration (PPA) specialization can pursue a similar pathway with graduate Public Administration (PADM) courses, and all BPAPM students are eligible for advanced standing as part of the Advanced Completion Option.

*Please note that participation in a graduate pathway does not guarantee your admission into the graduate program, but if you are admitted, your advanced standing will reduce your credit load in graduate studies and may shorten your time to completion. If you are interested, please consult both with your undergraduate advisor and the supervisor of the program you are interested in, ideally before you commence your third year of studies.

What programs have an accelerated pathway that is open to me?

Programs offered by the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management, the School of Public Policy and Administration, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Master of Political Management (MPM)
This pathway to the Master of Political Management (MPM) is open to any undergraduate student with a background in politics, communication or policy, and will be of particular interest to BPAPM students in the Communication and Policy Studies specialization, especially those pursuing the strategic public opinion policy stream, but it is open to other specializations and undergraduate programs for students with a background in politics, communication and policy. Students commencing their third-year of study in the undergraduate program should consult with both their academic supervisor and the political management program supervisor to determine if the accelerated pathway is appropriate for them and to confirm their selection of courses.

To be eligible students must complete POLM 3000, PSCI 3410 or COMS 3100. Students may receive advanced standing with transfer of credit of up to 1.0 credit in POLM courses at the 5000-level completed in their fourth year of studies, with grade of B+ or higher. Students must have a minimum overall CGPA of A- in undergraduate courses.

Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
Students in the BPAPM Specialization Public Policy and Administration (PPA) may be particularly interested in this pathway. There are two elements to the MPPA pathway as noted below. All BPAPM students, regardless of specialization, are eligible for the first element of the pathway. In addition, a second element is available for students in the PPA specialization which means your graduate degree may be completed by 4.0 further credits, representing two terms of full-time study.

1. For all BPAPM students interested in the Master of Public Policy and Administration there is an ‘Advanced Completion Option’ open to students in any specialization. This option, if you qualify, allows you to shorten the Master of Public Policy and Administration degree by receiving advanced standing with a transfer of credit for up to 4 core courses (2.0 credits).

2. If you are now in the specialization on Public Policy and Administration and you have a GPA of 10.4 or higher you may be eligible for the Accelerated Pathway on top of the ‘Advanced Completion Option.’ This would allow you to receive advanced standing, with a transfer of credit from graduate courses for an additional 1.0 credit.

MA in International Affairs
Students may qualify if they have demonstrated academic excellence and are in their final year of a relevant Carleton undergraduate degree. This pathway to the Master of Arts International Affairs will be of particular interest to BPAPM students in the International Policy Studies specialization, although students in other BPAPM specializations such as Development Policy Studies are also eligible to be considered. Please consult with your undergraduate advisor and the supervisor of the program in the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs before commencing your third year of studies for details. To be eligible to participate in the accelerated pathway for Master of Arts International Affairs you must have an overall CGPA of A- and receive permission from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs

MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
The accelerated pathway in the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies is a flexible and individualized plan of graduate study for students in their final year of a Carleton undergraduate degree. Students in their third-year of study in a Carleton undergraduate degree should consult with their Undergraduate Advisor and the Graduate Advisor in EURUS to confirm their selection of courses for their final year of undergraduate studies when they complete at least 1.0 credit in EURUS courses (5000 level or higher). A minimal overall CGPA of A- is required.