Master of Arts in Political Science
Department of Government and Justice Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Phillip Ardoin, Chair
Rene Scherlen, Graduate Program Director
The Department of Government and Justice Studies offers the Master of Arts in Political Science (Major Code: 267*/45.1001) with concentrations in
- American Government (267C)
- Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis (267F)
- International Relations/Comparative Politics (267E)
The Department also offers a program in Public Administration (MPA), described under that heading in this bulletin. Graduate programs in the department are supervised by the departmental chair, the individual graduate program directors, and the graduate committee.
The Master of Arts program in political science is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of government, educational, and private settings, and for further graduate work at the doctoral level. Students in our program may choose from one of three concentrations: American Government, Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis or International Relations/Comparative Politics. Our enrollment over the last 10 years has fluctuated between 15-20 students. With a student/faculty ratio of 3 to 1, we are able to provide our students with the individual attention they expect and deserve. While we have two basic curriculums, the interests and aspirations of our students are quite diverse and therefore we allow each student, in consultation with the Program Director, to develop a program of study which meets his or her unique interests and aspirations.
The American Government concentration promotes student understanding of the institutions of American Politics and the behavior of the public and political actors.
The Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis concentration promotes a multidisciplinary curriculum and provides students with the hard skills necessary for conducting analyses of environmental policy issues.
The International Relations/Comparative Politics concentration promotes student understanding of world politics and U.S. interactions with other nations.
While the issue content of each concentration varies, all three curriculums provide students with the methodological and analytic skills necessary for further graduate work at the doctoral level and careers in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in Political Science, Criminal Justice or a related field from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; two-page statement of intent explaining applicant's academic and professional goals in chosen concentration and the value of regional studies to the contemporary world; additional courses (up to 15 hours maximum) may be required if so indicated by the student's deficiencies.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Location: On campus
|Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Political Science|
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 33
|Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)|
American Government Concentration (Code: 267C)
Section B: Professional Skills
Section C: Scientific Prinicples
|21 or 24|
Other Requirements for the MA in Political Science:
- Thesis: Optional
- Proficiency: Students must demonstrate a proficiency in reading a foreign language or quantitative analysis as a research tool. The department may determine the proficiency required.
- Candidacy: Required for thesis option; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
- Comprehensive: During the final semester of course work, candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination.
- Product of Learning: Not required
** PS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3) and PS 5999: Thesis (3) may be counted in place of PS 5900 for students when appropriate with permission of the graduate program director(s).
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