Master of Arts in Political Science

The master of arts (M.A.) program is designed for students who wish to continue their education in political science. M.A. students concentrate in American government and politics, comparative and world politics, political theory, public policy or urban politics, preparing for a career in government, education, or in many other fields.

Many, but not all, students go on to earn a doctorate upon completion of the M.A. The master of arts in political science offers many advantages, including small class sizes and a faculty dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research.


The graduate director serves as the primary advisor to all students entering the master's degree program, helping you in initial course selection and in devising your plan of work – the official plan of progress toward the degree.

When students identify someone with whom they would like to write a thesis or essay, they are encouraged to use that faculty member as their mentor.


For more details about the program, please consult the most recent copy of the Political Science Graduate Handbook available on the program's Canvas site to current students or contact the director of graduate programs at

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