MA in Political Science
Applicants are considered on a competitive basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:
- Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
- Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.
- Tests Required GRE General.
- Minimum English Competency Test Score
- TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
- IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
- PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
- Letters of Recommendation Three required, preferably from faculty members in political science or cognate disciplines who are familiar with the applicant’s training and ability.
- Personal Statement Required. The statement should address the applicant’s academic goals.
- Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.
In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:
- Minimum Semester Hours Required 34.
- Course Work Required course work totals 18 semester hours. Required courses will not be waived. A grade of B or better is required in all required courses.
|Data Analysis I|
|Theories of Democracy and Representation|
|Research Design and Methods|
|Independent Research for Master's Degree a|
|Select one of the following:|
|Seminar in Political Theory|
|Seminar in Urban Politics|
|Seminar in American Politics|
|Seminar in Comparative Politics|
|Seminar in International Relations|
At least 16 additional hours at the 500-level. No more than two courses (8 hours) may be taken outside the department.
In POLS 593 students complete a major research paper under the supervision of two faculty members.
- Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Course work only. No other options are available.
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: