Summary of Requirements for MA in Political Science

All graduate students must be continuously enrolled in the program & maintain a 3.0 GPA average. Exception: must file a leave of absence form with the graduate school & get their approval.

See MA advisor before signing up for classes & check in regularly.

MA Thesis Option

  • 30 semester credits required, at least half of credits at graduate 500 level
  • Complete PSC 520, 530, 540, and either 553 or 557
  • Complete PSCI 480 (3cr) Research Goals
  • Complete 4 Field Exams (Must get a passing grade on each one; may retake any exam once if unsatisfactory grade received)
  • Additional course work: 15 elective credits (6 credits may be taken outside the PS dept.)
  • 6 credits max. can be used for internships
  • 6 credits max. can be independent study (>400 level UG courses can be used for credit)
  • 6 credits max. can be PSC 599 thesis
  • Complete two oral exam: a thesis prospectus oral and thesis defense (*Must deliver complete thesis to grad school before oral exam)
  • Thesis Committee: 3 faculty members (2 from the PS dept. and one from outside)

MA Comprehensive Study Option

(Non-Thesis Option)

  • 36 Semester Credits required, at least half of credits at graduate 500 level
  • Complete PSC 520, 530, 540, and either 553 or 557
  • Complete PSCI 480 (3cr) Research Goals
  • Complete 4 Field Exams (Must get a passing grade on each one; may retake any exam once if unsatisfactory grade received)
  • Additional course work: 21 elective credits (12 credits may be taken outside the PS dept.)
  • 6 credits max. can be used for internships
  • Complete 3 professional research papers (25 pages with references) in at least 2 subfields of political science.

All M.A. Students

  • Usual course load per semester: 12 credits, 16 credits max.
  • Consider summer school for independent study
  • TAs are required to register for 9 credits min. each semester
  • Keep an eye on graduate calendar & not miss deadlines for filing graduation papers, caps/gowns etc. (I’ll remind you when you come for advising as well.)
  • Be sure to read the Graduate School’s Degree Standards & Masters Degree Policies (on graduate school website.

Revised 9/1/10