MA in Political Science

Admission Requirements

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 None.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), 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.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 34.
  • Coursework Required coursework totals 18 semester hours. Required courses will not be waived. A grade of B or better is required in all required courses.
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 Coursework-Only Options Coursework only. No other options are available.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

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: