“This is an exciting opportunity for our students. In the time that it would take them to get a regular TAMU degree plus one summer, they can get their TAMU degree plus a masters degree from one of the top-ranked political science graduate programs in all of Europe. In the most recent UK rankings, the Essex Government Department beat Oxford, Cambridge, the LSE, and all others as the top-ranked program in the United Kingdom. A masters degree from this program will open doors on both sides of the Atlantic."
-Dr. Guy D. Whitten, Professor of Political Science, Director of the European Union Center, Director of the Program in
Scientific Political Methodology.
Texas A&M University of Essex 3+1 Degree Program
This joint degree program is a study abroad program for Political Science students at Texas A&M University. Students participating in the program will maintain their enrollment at Texas A&M University during the contracted part of their educational program abroad. Students register as masters students at the University of Essex and then transfer credits back to Texas A&M University.
Students undertake a course of study at Essex that will complete the bachelor degree requirements of Political Science at Texas A&M University and the coursework (module) portion of the master's degree at the University of Essex. The courses offered at the University of Essex will be taught by Essex faculty and have been pre-approved for transfer credit to Texas A&M University.
Upon successful completion of the direct enrollment study abroad academic program, students then have the option of extending their stay at the University of Essex to complete a thesis towards a MA/MSc Degree in Political Science awarded by the University of Essex.
Courses Click herefor a sample list of Essex courses along with the Texas A&M equivalent course credit offered. This list will be updated for the 2018 – 2019 cohort.
Eligibility Open to only POLS majors. 3.0 minimum GPA and be in good standing with the University.
Applicants have completed three years of their Political Science degree at Texas A&M.
Applicants should have successfully passed POLS 209.
Successful completion of POLS 309 is recommended but not required.
How to Apply
There is a dual application process.
1) Create an application by clicking the button "Apply Now" on this page. Students will be required to complete all items and pre-approve courses for transfer credit.
Texas A&M students are eligible to apply for any Postgraduate taught MA or MSc course within the Department of Government (Political Science). The application process includes a formal application for the program, two letters of reference and a statement of
purpose, which will include an applicant’s area of research.
Each application will be considered on an individual basis and must meet the admissions criteria from the
University of Essex. As part of the standard admissions criteria for the University of Essex, each applicant from Texas A&M shall provide written evidence of attainment of their academic qualifications and achievement in an English language test recognized by the University of Essex.
Any student interested in applying for the program should consult with an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Political Science before applying to ensure that they will meet all program requirements by the end of their junior year.
Students will obtain 24 credits within the academic year. Course credits will be processed as transfer credits (Pass/Fail) based on the host institution’s grading scale.
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change based on current exchange rates) - charged by the host institution
Essex Tuition and Fee (standard 9,000 British Pound)
On-campus lodging for 50 weeks
Additional Expenses - not included in the Estimated Program Fee and paid prior to departure or while abroad
International Airfare (varies; $1,200 - $2,000)
Study Abroad administrative fee
Travel Documents (new passport if applicable and Visa)