Political Science, M.A.

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Minimum Total Hours (Thesis): 36

Minimum Total Hours (Non-Thesis): 36

Program Code: M790

Required Courses

Note: A final oral comprehensive exam with a three-member committee is also required.

Thesis Option

Required Courses
P SC 5923Introduction to Analysis of Political Data3
P SC 5933Intermediate Analysis of Political Data3
P SC 6003Political Science: Survey of a Discipline3
P SC 5980Research for Master's Thesis6
Core Courses
Major Emphasis
Choose at least 9 hours in the emphasis 19
Secondary Emphasis (non-examining)
Choose at least 3 hours in each of three of the remaining emphases 29
Electives
Choose 3 hours as approved by advisor and Graduate Liaison3
Total Credit Hours36

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses
P SC 5923Introduction to Analysis of Political Data3
P SC 5933Intermediate Analysis of Political Data3
P SC 6003Political Science: Survey of a Discipline3
P SC 5950Research Problems3
Core Courses
Major Emphasis
Choose at least 9 hours in the emphasis 19
Secondary Emphasis (non-examining)
Choose at least 3 hours in each of three of the remaining emphases 29
Electives
Choose 6 hours as approved by advisor and Graduate Liaison6
Total Credit Hours36

General Requirements for all Master's Degrees

The master’s degree requires the equivalent of at least two semesters of satisfactory graduate work and additional work as may be prescribed for the degree.

All coursework applied to the master’s degree must carry graduate credit.

Master’s degree programs which require a thesis consist of at least 30 credit hours. All non-thesis master’s degree programs require at least 30 credit hours.

Credit transferred from other institutions must meet specific criteria and is subject to certain limitations.

Courses completed through correspondence study may not be applied to the master’s degree.

To qualify for a graduate degree, students must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the degree program coursework and in all resident graduate coursework attempted. A student must also have at least a 3.0 in all coursework (including undergraduate coursework if any).

Additional information for master's degree students may be found in the Graduate College Bulletin.