The Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science provides excellent preparation for doctoral study, graduate education for secondary school teachers, and those who would simply like to know more about the workings of government and politics. Our program focuses on building a strong theoretical foundation and solid research skills, with the ability to specialize in American politics, comparative government, international relations, public administration, public policy, political theory, and research methods. This course of study is especially ideal for individuals who are considering doctoral study and are looking to further their training, enhance their competitiveness and get a closer look at what more advanced graduate work would entail.
Students in our MA program usually enroll in nine hours each semester and complete the program in two years. These courses include a healthy mix of masters and doctoral students representing multiple programs on-campus, with many classes scheduled during the day in addition to a few classes in the evening. Unlike our MPA program, which is designed for students who work full-time, our MA students are often full-time students.