Political Science, M.S. - Urban Affairs and Public Policy

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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

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:
PSC 501 – Research Methods in Political Science – 3 credits

Public Policy & Administration Core (6 credits)
PSC 519 – Public Personnel Administration – 3 Credits
PSC 525 – The Federal Bureaucracy – 3 credits
PSC 507 – Presidents, Bureaucracy, and Policy - 3 credits
PSC 512 – Public Organizations and Management – 3 credits
PSC 514 – U.S. Public Policy – 3 credits
PSC 515 – Contemporary American Foreign Policy – 3 credits
PSC 521 – Congress and Public Policy – 3 credits
PSC 522 – Foreign Policy Analysis – 3 credits
PSC 527 – Seminar in Public Policy – 3 credits
PSC 553 – Law and Public Administration – 3 credits
PSC 556 – Urban Policy Analysis – 3 credits (cannot count for two separate requirements)

Urban Politics (6 credits)
PSC 511 – State and Local Government – 3 credits
PSC 526 – Race and Ethnicity in American Politics – 3 credits
PSC 552 – Urban Politics – 3 credits
PSC 555 – City Planning – 3 credits
PSC 556 – Urban Policy Analysis – 3 credits (cannot count for two separate requirements)
PSC 589 – Metropolitan Government – 3 credits

Cognate/Elective Courses (12-18 credits)
IDS 553 – Grant Writing and Funding Sources – 3 credits

Any Political Science 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). Up to 6 credits in other graduate programs including History, Public Health, Business, and others are possible with the approval of the graduate coordinator. Students may also take up to two undergraduate political science courses (100-499 level) with department approval.

Capstone (Choose One)
Thesis (minimum 24 graduate credits and PSC 585 and PSC 591)
Comprehensive Examination (minimum 30 graduate credits)
Special Project (minimum 30 graduate credits including PSC 600)