Graduate Program Requirements

The Department of Political Science offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. Students may choose from a thesis or non-thesis option to meet the requirements of the degree. The thesis option is designed to prepare graduates for doctoral or professional programs. The non-thesis option is designed for students who wish to specialize in an area of study by completing two seminars instead of a thesis. All students are admitted as non-thesis students. After the completion of at least 9 but not more than 15 graduate credits, a student may apply for admission to the thesis option. The application is submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies. If the Graduate Committee grants the thesis-option status, the student must work with the Director of Graduate Studies to create a thesis committee.

Students are required to complete the M.A. under the year of the catalog in which they entered the University. Listed below are links to various catalog years. If a student is unsure which catalog applies to them, they should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies. The links listed below for previous catalogs are active on campus. For off-campus access to the catalogs, students will need to establish an account with CollegeSource

 For more information, contact: Department of Political Science (561-297-3210) Social Science Building, Room 392.