The Department offers two routes to the M.A. in Political Science: the thesis route and non-thesis route. Ideally suited for students who will eventually pursue a doctorate, the thesis route requires a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of coursework and six credits of thesis culminating in the writing and defense of a thesis. The non-thesis routerequires the completion of a minimum of thirty-six (36) semester hours of coursework and the submission of a significant research paper.
All students must successfully complete the following and maintain an overall 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in order to earn the M.A. degree in Political Science.
Students pursuing the thesis option must also complete the following requirements.
Students pursuing the non-thesis option must also complete the following requirements.
|PS 506||Methods and Approaches to Political Science||3|
|PS 507||Political Inquiry and Research||3|
|PS 509||African Political Systems||3|
|PS 513 or PS 514||History of Political Philosophy||3|
|PS 532||Blacks and the American Political System||3|
A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on graduate work earned in the degree program is required.
The comprehensive examination and completion of the required political science courses are required for a student to be admitted to candidacy for the M.A. in Political Science. The comprehensive examination consists of written essay questions in three fields of political science. It should be taken and passed by the end of the second year.