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The MPA Program participates in two programs that provide additional pathways to a graduate degree. Undergraduate students may earn their MPA through the ABM and EA programs at UAB.

  • Graduate Accelerated
    Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) Program

    Undergraduate students can take courses that count toward both their bachelor’s and Master of Public Administration degrees with the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) Program. Once admitted, students can take up to 12 shared credit hours of approved 500/600-level graduate courses that count toward both degrees. Students can significantly shorten the time it takes to earn a master’s degree and distinguish oneself as a high-level critical thinker and problemsolver.

    Basic Requirements

    • UAB undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 with 60 hours UG completed (36 of those hours must be completed at UAB)
    • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 while in the ABM Program

    For more information and how to apply, visit the Graduate School website.

  • Graduate Early Acceptance

    Early Acceptance Programs are designed for academically superior high-school students. They allow high-achieving students to be conditionally admitted into the Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate program at the same time they are admitted to an undergraduate program. EA students must maintain a 3.5 undergraduate GPA at UAB to gain admission to the MPA Program.

    Pre-requisite courses

    • PSC 101: Foundations of American Government

    Recommended courses

    • PSC 310: American Public Policy
    • PSC 323: Public Administration and Policy

    For more information on the Early Acceptance Program, visit the Early Acceptance Program website.