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Graduate Program

Requirements

The Department of Political Science offers the Master of Arts 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 Graduate Director. If the Graduate Committee grants thesis-option status, the student must work with the Graduate Director to create a thesis committee.

Thesis Option (30 credits*)
Research Design in Political Science** POS 6736
3
Seminar in American National Government POS 6045
3
Seminar in Comparative Political Processes CPO 6007
3
Graduate seminars in Political Science  
15
Master's Thesis POS 6971
6

Non-Thesis Option (30 credits*)
Research Design in Political Science** POS 6736
3
Seminar in American National Government POS 6045
3
Seminar in Comparative Political Processes CPO 6007
3
Graduate seminars in Political Science  
21

* With the approval of the Graduate Director, a student may take a maximum of 6 credits outside the Department of Political Science.

** POS 6736 must be completed the first semester of enrollment or the first semester the course is offered after admission to the graduate program.

 

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