Graduate Program

Admission

Admission to the graduate program in Political Science is only available in the fall semester. See our Graduate Program Bulletin for more program information.

New Students

Major and Minor Areas

Black Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations
American Government and Political Behavior
Public Administration and Policy

Core Courses

Black Politics:                                   POLS-227 Introduction to Black Politics
Comparative Politics:                      POLS-204 Approaches to Comparative Politics
International Relations:                  POLS-287 Theories of International Relations
American Government:                   POLS-292 Seminar in American Politics
Public Administration & Policy:     POLS-209 Organization Theory

New students must take FIVE core courses; one or two of them (depending on Master's or Doctoral level) will be automatically counted as part of the four required courses in your major area.

Doctor of Philosophy Students

Ph.D. students must select two majors and one minor course area. The major course areas will be the ones in which you will sit for a comprehensive exam. Students must take four courses in that field, which will include the core course for that area (as listed above). For the minor concentration area, students must take three courses in that field, but there is no comprehensive exam.

Master of Arts Students

Master's students must select one major and one minor course area. The major course area will be the one in which you will sit for a comprehensive exam. Students must take four courses in thir s field, which will include the core course for that area above. For the minor concentration area, students must take three courses in that field, but there is no comprehensive exam.

Required Statistics or Research Methods courses

Master of Arts

Each Master of Arts student is required to satisfy two (2) research tool requirements by completing the following courses with the grade of B or higher:

• Research Tool #1:             POLS-217 Methods of Political Science
• Research Tool #2:             POLS-254 Behavioral Research Methods
• One of these courses may be transferred from another graduate department.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral students must satisfy three research tools with the grades of B or higher.

  • Research Tool #1:         POLS-217 Methods of Political Science
  • Research Tool #2:         POLS-254 Behavioral Research Methods
    • Only one (1) of the above courses may be transferred from another graduate department.
  • Research Tool #3:
    • POLS-257           Multivariate Statistics, or
    • POLS-279           Survey Research Methods, or
    • Another graduate research methods course, or
    • Proficiency in a foreign language to be used for scholarly work.

Political Theory Requirement

Each Doctor of Philosophy student must complete the course POLS-232 Nature and Uses of Political Theory with the grade of B or higher. This course may not be transferred from another graduate department.

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive Exams are administered in October and February.

Field Reading Lists

Black Politics
American Government and Political Behavior
Public Administration and Policy
Comparative Politics
International Relations

Eligibility

Applicants for the comprehensive examinations must be in residence and have a cumulative grade point of 3.00 or higher.

Registration

Eligible candidates must complete the two registration forms, obtain the necessary signatures from field chairs, and return them to the Director of Graduate Studies in Douglas Hall, Room 112 or 121C.

Both registration forms can be obtained from Mrs. Drake in DGH 144

No application will be accepted after the due date of the application for each of the examinations.

Application for Comprehensive Exams

Form 1 HU PSD App for Comp Exams.pdf

Form 2 Application to schedule a Comprehensive Exam

You must also include an unofficial copy of your transcript, available in your BisonWeb account.