Degree Requirements

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 (18 hours)

PSC 520 (3) American National Government and Politics

PSC 551 (3) Seminar in International Relations

PSC 680 (3) Methodology of Political Research

PSC 740 (3) Seminar in Comparative Politics

PSC 770 (3) Seminar in Political Theory

PSC 781 (3) Techniques of Political Research

II. Electives (9 hours)

Choose either the American Politics Concentration or the Comparative/International Politics Concentration.

A. American Politics Concentration:

Select 3 Courses from:

PSC 514 (3) American Public Policy Making

PSC 516 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy

PSC 522 (3) Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law

PSC 561 (3) American State Government and Administration

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 761 (3) Seminar in American State Government

PSC 785 (3) Strategic Leadership


B. Comparative/International Politics Concentration

​Select 3 Courses from:
PSC 515 (3) Comparative Public Policy
PSC 555 (3) International Law I
PSC  556 (3) International Law II
PSC 583 (3) Survey Research
PSC 642 (3) Problems and Processes of International Development
PSC 651 (3) Comparative Political and Economic Systems
PSC 774 (3) Strategic Planning for Public/Nonprofit Organizations
PSC 785 (3) Strategic Leadership

III. Plan Option - PSC 798 (1-6 hours) Spec

Select either Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B​

A.  Plan  A Option - Thesis (6 hours)

Thesis and Oral Defense before a MA Thesis Committee: The Thesis must be a significant original scholarly work. 

B.  Plan B  Option Non-Thesis (6 additional hours of course work)

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.​
Director of the MA Program: 
Dr. Edward Clayton, Anspach 245, (989) 774-1621, ​