Dec 04, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Political Science, M.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies


  • Africana Studies


The graduate major leading to the M.A. in Political Science is designed to offer advanced general instruction in Political Science. It prepares its graduates for positions of responsibility in the public and private sectors, as well as in research, teaching, and study at the doctoral level.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE required
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source
  • A 500-word statement of academic interest
  • Official transcripts
  • Must have an undergraduate background in political science.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 36 Credit Hours

  • Core Requirements – 6 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Seminar Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
  • Research Methods - 3 Credit Hours
  • Major Field or Concentration - 9 credit hours
  • Electives – 6 credit hours minimum
  • Thesis/Non-Thesis – 6 credit hours

For instructional purposes, the graduate curriculum in Political Science has been divided into four fields:

Field 1 Comparative Politics (courses with a CPO prefix)
Field 2 International Relations (courses with an INR prefix)
Field 3 American Government (courses with a PUP, POS, or URP prefix)
Field 4 Political Theory (courses with a POT prefix)

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Disciplinary Seminar Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Select two:

Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)

Select one:

Major Field or Concentration (9 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students may either choose a Major Field of study, or the Concentration in Africana Studies

Major Field - 9 Credit Hours

In addition to the core course in major area, three additional courses in the core area are chosen from American Government, Political Theory, International Relations, or Comparative Politics.

Concentration in Africana Studies -9 Credit Hours

Electives (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

Electives have to be approved by the Graduate Director. Other graduate courses may also be taken as electives, with approval by the Graduate Director.

Electives include, but are not limited to:

Thesis/Non Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)


Students must enroll in either POS 6971  or AFA 6971  (Africana Studies Concentration students)Thesis: Master’s for a minimum of 6 credit hours. In their thesis, students must provide new insight into a relevant topic in political science or international studies. As students approach the thesis stage, they need to compose a thesis committee consisting of a major professor, who must be a member of the Department of Government and International Affairs, and two readers. One of the two readers can be from another department, but that person must first be approved by the Graduate Director. The thesis committee must approve proposals before students embark on their projects. Students must prepare a written thesis and defend their work in a formal oral presentation before their committee.


Students who choose a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional six (6) hours of course work at the 6000 level. The student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review of approximately 50 pages in his or her major field, or in the Africana Studies Concentration.

  • Elective - Structured course approved by the Graduate Director Credit(s): 3
And one of the following:

Comprehensive Examination

For students in the thesis option, successful completion of the Thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. For students in the non-thesis option, the extensive literature review determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination.

Other Information

Students may take a maximum of 3 credit hours of POS 6909 Independent Study  and 3 credit hours of POS 6919 Directed Research  

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