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Maxwell / Department of Political Science

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.

The M.A. requires the completion of 30 hours of graduate course work of which no more than nine hours may be credits earned at another institution. One of these courses must be PSC 693, Quantitative Methods or PSC 694, Qualitative Methods. There is no thesis requirement, but students may choose to write a thesis (6 Credits). The choice to write a thesis must be made by the end of the first semester. The thesis topic and adviser 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. The student must achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average. The student's course work, which may include one or more courses from other Maxwell departments, is planned in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, who must approve the program of study.


Prospective Applicants: Click here for an on-line application to the M.A. program.

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