M.A. Political Science

The Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science is offered by the Humanities Department.  This degree strongly emphasizes research and analysis in political science, administrative theory, and governmental institutions as preparation for those students planning additional graduate study at the doctoral level.

Common Courses (30 Credits)

Courses that are common to all emphases may be applied to all. At least 36 hours are required for the degree.

Required Courses
POLI 5300Political Science Research Methods3
POLI 5301Political Decision-Making3
POLI 5305American Politics3
POLI 5306Comparative Politics3
POLI 5307International Relations3
Other Degree Requirements
Approved graduate-level Political Science electives and/or optional support field selected in consultation with graduate coordinator 115
Emphasis Requirement (See Below)6
Total Semester Credit Hours36
1

 Note:  Only 12 hours can come from a support field.

Without Thesis

POLI 5090Political Science Comprehensive Examination0
Other Degree Requirements
Approved graduate-level Political Science electives and/or optional support field selected in consultation with graduate coordinator 16
Total Semester Credit Hours6
1

 Note: Only 12 hours can come from a support field.

With Thesis 

Required Courses
POLI 5398Political Science Thesis (Semester 1)3
POLI 5398Political Science Thesis (Semester 2)3
Total Semester Credit Hours6
1

 Note:  Only 12 hours can come from a support field.

Course Information and Schedule 

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the literature of political science, including the most recent scholarly research.

  2. Demonstrate mastery of the methodology of political science.

  3. Master the research skills necessary for making original contributions to the discipline of political science.