PlusOne

The PlusOne Program allows students to accelerate their study by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.

If you are a motivated and academically outstanding student, you can begin earning a Master of Arts [MA] in Political Science or a Master of Science [MS] in Security and Resilience Studies in your junior year while completing your Bachelors degree. This is achieved by allowing you to “double count” up to 15 graduate credits toward both your graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

The newly offered PlusOne in Security and Resilience Studies takes advantage of two recent changes in our curriculum: a new Security concentration at the undergraduate level and the new MS degree in Security and Resilience Studies. This program builds upon an important area of emphasis for the university – security studies – and takes advantage of the growing faculty resources and program development in this area.

 

Why might this be right for me?

There are three main reasons why this option might be right for you. First, professionals who enter the workforce with graduate level experience are often more competitive.

Second, the PlusOne option makes financial sense. Up to 15 graduate credits will count toward the completion of your undergraduate degree and your graduate degree at no additional cost. This can equal up to half the required credits for your graduate degree.

Finally, the PlusOne program can accelerate your receipt of a graduate degree. In most cases a PlusOne degree student can obtain both their undergraduate and graduate diplomas with only one additional year of study.

 

Am I eligible to Apply?

If you are a Political Science major, and a Junior with a QPA in Political Science of 3.33 or higher and an overall QPA of at least 3.33, then we welcome your application to the PlusOne program.

 

When do I Apply?

You should apply before the start of your junior year, as this will maximize the number of PlusOne degree graduate credits you can enroll in.

 

How do I Apply?

Your first step is to make an appointment with your undergraduate academic advisor and then the Department’s Graduate Program Director (Daniel Aldrich at d.aldrich@northeastern.edu for MS Security and Resilience Studies or Denis Sullivan at d.sullivan@northeastern.edu for MA in Political Science)  to make sure the program is right for you. If the department determines that you are eligible to apply, you should complete a PlusOne Internal Admission Application. You will need to submit this form along with the following items to the Graduate Office, located in 180 Renaissance Park (email: gradcssh@northeastern.edu):

  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Two recommendations from NU faculty (at least one full-time)
  • Transcripts from non-NU institutions (if applicable)

 

What Graduate Courses Can I Take?

PlusOne MA Political Science- Please refer to the requirements outlined in the course catalog for electives that will count towards the MA degree

Junior and Senior year –

Complete up to 5 graduate courses (3 credits each) for a total of 15 graduate credits

Note for students who did not complete an undergraduate statistics course: POLS 7202, Quantitative Techniques (or another approved methods course) must be completed as part of the 5 graduate courses

PlusOne MS Security and Resilience Studies- Please refer to the requirements outlined in the course catalog for electives that will count towards the MS SRS degree.

Junior and Senior year –

Complete up to 5 graduate courses (3 credits each) for a total of 15 graduate credits

Possible course offerings* include:

POLS 7341 (3 credits) – Security and Resilience Policy+

POLS 7347 (1 credit) – Controversial Issues in Security Studies+

POLS 7346 (3 credits) – Resilient Cities

POLS 7343 (3 credits) – Counterterrorism

POLS 7441 (3 credits) – Cyberconflict in the International System

POLS 7201 (3 credits) – Research Design

*Additional courses and requirements can be found on the course catalog

+ required core course

 

Want more Information?

To find out more, please contact your undergraduate academic advisor, [180 Renaissance Park, csshadvising@neu.edu] the Graduate Program Director, or the Graduate Program Administrator [903 Renaissance Park, gradpolisci@neu.edu]. All of these people will be able to give you more details about the program and help determine if this program is right for you.