Political Science

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The graduate program leading to the M.A. in Political Science is designed to offer advanced general instruction in Political Science. It prepares its graduates for positions of responsibility in the public and private sectors, as well as in research, teaching, and study at the doctoral level.

A minimum of 36 hours of graduate level course work is required.

For instructional purposes, the graduate curriculum in Political Science has been divided into four fields:
Field 1 Comparative Politics      (courses with a CPO prefix) 
Field 2 International Relations                               (courses with an INR prefix)
Field 3 American Government                               (Courses with a PUP, POS, or URP prefix)
Field 4 Political Theory                                           (courses with a POT prefix)

Students must take the core seminar in each of these four fields and then select one field as a major area in which to concentrate. They must consult with the graduate coordinator to map out a course plan. 

Required Research Methods Sequence

6

POS6735
POS6736

Foundations of Political Inquiry
Research Design
 

3
3
 

Core Seminar Requirements (12 hours)

POS 6045      Seminar in American Government      (3)
POT 6007      Seminar in Political Theory      (3)
INR 6007      Seminar in International Relations      (3)
CPO 6091      Seminar in Comparative Politics      (3)

Major Field

9

In addition to the core course in major area, three additional courses in the core area are chosen from American Government, Political Theory, International Relations, or Comparative Politics.
Electives – 3 hours
Students may take three additional hours either in methods or in their major field

Thesis/Non-Thesis (minimum)

6

POS6971

Thesis: Master's

6

Thesis: Students must provide new insight into a relevant topic in political science or international studies. As students approach the thesis stage, they need to compose a thesis committee consisting of a major professor, who must be a member of the Department of Government and International Affairs, and two readers. One of the two readers can be from another department, but that person must first be approved by the program director. The tesis committee must approve proposals before students embark on their projects. Students must prepare a written thesis and defend their work in a formal oral presentation before their committee.

Non-Thesis:

Non-thesis option: Elective structured class approved by the Graduate Program Director – 3 hours
Independent Research – Literature Review of approximately 50 pages – 3 hours

Students who choose a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional 6 hours of course work at the 6000 level in place of the thesis. (Choose 1 of the below courses to fulfill 3 of your required non-thesis option. Other courses may satisfy this requirement and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

The second course determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination. The student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review in his or her major field. The student will enroll in:

  • POS 6909 Independent Study 3

 

Comprehensive Examination

For students in the thesis program, successful completion of the Thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. For students in the non-thesis program, the second course determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination. The student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review in his or her major field.

Course Listings

CPO 5934 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics 3
CPO 6091 Seminar in Comparative Politics 3
INR 5086 Issues in International Relations 3
INR 6007 Seminar in International Relations 3
INR 6036 Seminar in International Political Economy 3
INR 6107 American Foreign Policy 3
POS 6045 Seminar in American Government and Politics 3
POS 6127 Issues in State Government and Politics 3
POS 6455 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3
POT 6007 Seminar in Political Theory 3
PUP 5607 Public Policy and Health Care 3
PUP 6007 Seminar in Public Policy 3
URP 6056 City and Regional Planning 3
Students may take a maximum of 3 hours of Independent Study (POS 6909) and 3 hours maximum of Directed Research (POS 6919)
 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS (beyond baccalaureate degree)

39

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GRE required
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source
  • A 500 word statement of academic interest
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Must have an undergraduate background in political science.
  • TOEFL iBT 80
  • IELTS 6.5

Scholarships

  • Graduate Assistantships
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