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

Graduate students may choose from among four major subfields:

  • Black Politics
  • International Relations
  • American Government, Politics, and Policy
  • Comparative Politics

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy students must complete 72 hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, comprehensive examinations in two major fields, and successfully defend a dissertation which reflects rigorous scholarship and original research. Students must also complete coursework in two major and one minor areas. Students must complete four courses in each major field. The minor concentration area requires the completion of three courses. Program students must also complete three research tools and the required political theory courses.

Master of Arts Students

Master of Arts students complete 36 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, a comprehensive examination in their major field, and either a thesis or non-thesis option paper which reflects rigorous scholarship and original research. Master’s students must select one major and one minor course area. Students must take four courses in their major field. Students must take three courses in the minor field. Program students must also complete two research tools and the required political theory courses.

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive Exams are administered in October and February.

Field Reading Lists

Black Politics
American Government, Politics, 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.

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