A student must complete a minimum of 33 hours according to the plan of study below. At least 15 of the hours presented for the degree must be in courses at or above the 600 level.
I. Required Courses (24 hours)
PSC 514 (3) American Public Policy Making
PSC 520 (3) American National Government and Politics
PSC 522 (3) Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
PSC 551 (3) Seminar in International Relations
PSC 680 (3) Methodology of Political Research
PSC 682 (3) Techniques of Political Research
PSC 740 (3) Seminar in Comparative Politics
PSC 770 (3) Justice, Freedom, Equality: Essential Political Ideas
II. Electives (3 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
PSC 515 (3) Comparative Public Policy
PSC 516 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy
PSC 555 (3) International Law I
PSC 556 (3) International Law II
PSC 563 (3) Politics and Policy in Urban Communities
PSC 566 (3) Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
PSC 583 (3) Survey Research
PSC 585 (3) Public Sector Information Technology Management
PSC 610 (3) Foundations of Public Administration
PSC 615 (3) Politics and Regulation of Health Care Policy
PSC 642 (3) Problems and Processes of International Government
PSC 651 (3) Comparative Political & Economic Systems
PSC 661 (3) Administration and Policy in American State Government
PSC 761 (3) Seminar in American State Government
PSC 774 (3) Strategic Planning for Public/Non-Profit Organizations
PSC 785 (3) Strategic Leadership
III. Plan Option - PSC 798 (6 hours)
Select either Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B
A. Plan A Option - Thesis
Thesis and Oral Defense before a MA Thesis Committee: The Thesis must be a significant original scholarly work.
B. Plan B Option Non-Thesis
Two Research Papers and Oral Defense before a MA Thesis Committee: The seminar papers (15-20 pages each as evidence of scholarly achievement) are in lieu of 6 hours of thesis writing. These papers must be prepared in connection with a seminar, independent research course, or graduate level course in the Political Science Department.
- The student must add PSC 798 and form a MA Thesis Committee (chair and 2 additional members) in their final semester of graduate course work. This Committee shall determine whether the Thesis or Research Papers are satisfactory for permanent filing.
- Students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science are strongly advised to select the Plan A option. The Plan B option is for students who expect the MA to be their terminal degree.
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS: 33
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