Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE)

The AGRADE program provides the opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to enroll simultaneously in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can apply a maximum of 16 credits towards both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in the student's major field. Students who choose the AGRADE program may expect to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study.

Why study public administration?

The Wayne State graduate program in public administration (M.P.A.) offers professional training to provide competencies needed for a wide variety of public service positions. The M.P.A. program provides training for work in local, state, and federal agencies; private and nonprofit organizations; public affairs offices in private businesses; and legislative staff positions. The program is NASPAA accredited and the oldest in the state of Michigan.

How does the AGRADE program work?

Students may elect a minimum of three and a maximum of 16 AGRADE credits. These will be used to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. These credits are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate. The remaining graduate credits required for the master's degree will be earned in the usual manner following formal admission to the graduate program. Learn more about the AGRADE program at clas.wayne.edu/AGRADE.

Who is eligible?

AGRADE applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better. Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in the major, as determined by the department, and the required GPA in the major shall not be less than 3.60 at the time of application. 

When should I apply?

The earliest a student may apply for the AGRADE program is the semester in which he/she completes 90 credits towards the undergraduate degree.

How to apply?

Speak with our academic advisor or additional information about the AGRADE program. Please make an appointment with the M.P.A. program director (mpa@wayne.edu) to discuss your academic and career interests and goals in public service and public affairs.