Worksheet for M.A. Program

1. Credits

The Program consists of 30 credits (Thesis Option) or 36 credits (Comprehensive Study Option):

  • up to 6 credits allowed for thesis
  • 1/2 of the M.A. credits (excluding thesis and research credits) must be at 500-level

2. Basic Requirements

Core Seminars

  • PSC 520, Comparative Government (3 cr)
  • PSC 530, International Relations (3 cr)
  • PSC 540, American Government (3 cr)
  • PSC 553 or PSC 557 in Political Theory (3 cr)

Research Goals & Strategy

  • PSC 480, Research Goals & Strategies (3 cr)

Additional Coursework

15 credits (Thesis Option) or 21 credits (Comprehensive Study Option)

  • Other PSC graduate (500-level) or UG (400-level) courses
    • special approval from the MA co-director is required to count more than 12 credits of UG courses.
  • Other graduate or UG courses in other departments (Sociology, History, Economics, Law, Journalism, etc.)
    • 6 credits maximum (Thesis), 9 credits max. (Comprehensive Study) with special approval from the MA co-director
  • PSC 596, Independent Study (6 cr max)
  • PSC 598, Internship (6 cr max)
  • PSC 595, Special Topics (9 cr max)
  • PSC 599, Thesis (6 cr. max.) for the Thesis Option only

Note: No more than 6 credits of PSC 598 (internship) may be counted toward the M.A., and no more than 6 credits of PSC 596 (independent study). No more than 12 credits may be taken outside the Political Science Department (6 for the thesis option.)

3. Comprehensive Exams

(Distinguished, pass, no pass)

  • Comparative Politics - following PSC 520
  • International Relations - following PSC 530
  • American Politics - following PSC 540
  • Political Theory - following PSC 553 or PSC 557

4. Final Research/Writing

Comprehensive Study

Research Papers

Three Research Papers Presented for Department File (must cover at least two subfields):

  1. Paper #1
  2. Paper #2
  3. Paper #3

Professors

  1. Professor #1
  2. Professor #2
  3. Professor #3

Or:

Thesis

Thesis, PSC 599 (6 credit maximum)

  • Title
  • Date defended

Thesis Committee

  • Chair
  • Faculty
  • Faculty