Political Science, M.S. - Generalist

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Rolling Admissions

Master of Science Degree

The Department of Political Science offers a variety of courses and options leading to a master of science degree. Current options include a master of science in political science, a concentration in urban affairs and public policy, or a concentration in international politics. You may choose to take courses in international politics, American politics or comparative politics.

Admission Requirements

The following forms and letters must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office: a completed application, official transcripts from all colleges and universities, two letters of recommendation, and a one page statement explaining the student's interest in political science. Admission decisions are made shortly after all the required materials have been submitted to the Graduate Studies office.

Program Sequence – 30 credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

All students are required to take the following:

PSC 501 – Research Methods in Political Science – 3 credits

Generalist

Area of Specialization – 12 credits (any graduate level course in any subject)
Elective Courses – 9-18 credits (any graduate level course in any subject)

Any graduate course may count as an elective. Students are also encouraged to consider taking IDS 553 Grant Writing and Funding Sources (3-credits) and SWK 584 Non Profit Fiscal Management (3-credits). Courses in other graduate programs including History, Public Health, Business, and others are recommended. Students may also take up to two undergraduate political science courses (100-499 level) with department approval.

Additional Requirements/Conditions

Each student elects one of the following options:

Master's Thesis
A student must complete 24 graduate credits and PSC 585 and PSC 591

Comprehensive Examination
A student must complete 30 graduate credits and pass a comprehensive examination.

Special Project
A student must complete 30 graduate credits including PSC 600 — Independent Study in which a major paper will be completed.