M.A. Degree Overview and Requirements

The M.A. program requires completing 30 graduate credits, including one methodology course selected from PSC 693 (Introduction to Quantitative Political Analysis), PSC 694 (Qualitative Political Analysis), PSC 796 (Formal Theories of Choice), or an alternative course approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students may write a thesis (6 Credits). The thesis choice must be made by the end of the first semester and the thesis topic and advisor must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Whether electing to write a thesis or not, the degree can be earned within one year. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average, and their credits may include courses from other departments in the University. Since master’s candidates have diverse career goals, ranging from government service to teaching to working in the private sector, the department allows considerable flexibility in course selection.

The Director of Graduate Studies must approve a Program of Study form, preferably in your second semester. This paperwork must be filed with the Graduate School in order to receive a degree. Those on record as being in the PhD program are eligible for the MA degree once they have completed these requirements but must fill out an Internal Admit form and a Program of Study.

In addition, Master’s students are eligible to complete Graduate Certificate programs in Civil Society Organizations, Conflict Resolution, the European Union and Contemporary Europe, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern Affairs, Security Studies, South Asian Studies, and a number of other substantive topics.

A full description of the MA requirements is available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.