Dec 06, 2021
Requirements for the MA degree
Each student will complete a minimum of 38 credits.
1. Methods Sequence (10 credits)
All students must complete ten credits of methods training.
2. Additional Requirements (3-6 credits)
All students must complete a skills requirement: ENEP 810 - Political Economy of the Environment (3cr.) (if not taken to fulfill another requirement), an additional methods course (not used to fulfill the required methods sequence), or pass a language competency exam. Students must also complete a proseminar in a field other than their primary field.
3. Primary Track Requirements (15 credits)
All students must select a primary track from the four subfields offered (International Relations, American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory). Students must complete the proseminar for their primary track in addition to four elective courses from the track electives.
International Relations Track
Students completing the track in International Relations must take the proseminar and four additional track electives.
International Relations Track Electives
American Politics Track
Students completing the track in American Politics must take the proseminar and four additional track electives.
American Politics Track Electives
Comparative Politics Track
Students completing the track in Comparative Politics must take the proseminar and four additional track electives.
Comparative Politics Track Electives
Political Theory Track
Students completing the track in Political Theory must take the proseminar and four additional track electives.
Political Theory Track Electives
4. CRISP, Elective Courses, and other courses (10-13 credits)
Students must take Current Research In the Study of Politics (CRISP - POSC 850 ) for one credit each spring of their first two years. In addition, students must take elective courses (two or three, depending on the means by which the skills requirement is fulfilled) to bring their total credits to 38.
5. M.A. Writing Requirement
Students not moving further into the PhD program will prepare a major research paper, usually one written for one of their graduate seminars. Students will register for POSC 899 - Research Paper for Master of Arts (0cr.) in the spring of their second year to facilitate completion of this requirement.
Last Revised 2018-2019 Academic Year