Political Science

The M.A. program provides general training in American Politics, Political Theory, International Relations/Comparative Politics, and the Politics of Criminal Justice.  Special opportunities and internships exist for students interested in the study of political campaigns and elections.  Students have the option of earning a Certificate in Applied Politics through the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for the baccalaureate degree
  • Three letters of recommendation (two of which must be from faculty members)
  • Statement of purpose

Application Deadline

  • April 1 for Fall enrollment
  • December 1 for Spring enrollment

Additional Information

The MA requires 30 credit hours of graduate work including six required seminars, two additional seminars, and six additional graduate credits in political science. Students are required to write an Essay of Distinction and to take comprehensive exams to fulfill degree requirements at the end of the program.

The Department of Political Science also offers a Master's of Applied Politics in coordination with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. You can find admission information for this program here.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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