Political Science, MA

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Thesis Option

Total Hours: 33 Hours

Required Courses
POLS 5013Quantitative Methods3
POLS 5103Research Design3
POLS 5203ProSeminar in International Relations3
POLS 5403ProSeminar in Comparative Politics3
POLS 5703ProSeminar in American Politics3
POLS 5000Thesis6
Hours Subtotal21
Electives
Select two advanced topics courses (e.g., POLS 5710, POLS 5210, POLS 5410) or equivalent. Must be in two separate subfields.6
Any two graduate-level courses.6
Hours Subtotal12
Total Hours33

Creative Component Option

Total Hours: 33 Hours

Required Courses
POLS 5013Quantitative Methods3
POLS 5103Research Design3
POLS 5203ProSeminar in International Relations3
POLS 5403ProSeminar in Comparative Politics3
POLS 5703ProSeminar in American Politics3
POLS 5000Thesis3
Hours Subtotal18
Electives
Select two advanced topics courses (e.g., POLS 5710, POLS 5210, POLS 5410) or equivalent. Must be in two separate subfields.6
Any three graduate-level courses.9
Hours Subtotal15
Total Hours33

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Graduate College Masters Degree Requirements

Plan I (coursework with thesis)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A minimum of 24 coursework credit hours comprised of:
      • 6 research or creative component credit hours
      • 21 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
      • 21 credit hours at 5000- or 6000-level

Plan II (coursework without thesis)

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
    • A maximum of 3 credit hours of research or creative component
    • A minimum of 23 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer credit hours with "B" or better)
    • A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 5000- or 6000-level