Graduate Study

M.A. Degree

The M.A. program is designed to provide additional training to students who are interested in pursuing doctoral study in political science, but not yet prepared to apply to Ph.D. programs, and also to meet the needs of students who desire additional professional training before pursuing careers in public policy, law, or journalism. M.A. students are not bound by specific field requirements, but they generally specialize in one of the following fields of study: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration & Policy, Security Studies, and Law & Courts. In addition, they 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.


The application to the M.A. program is available online for prospective applicants.

For full consideration, please submit your application by March 1st.

If you have any questions about admissions, please contact Candy Brooks at 315.443.2238 or