Requirements for the MA
For the MA, students must earn 30 hours of credit with a B average or better in courses numbered 1000 or above. At least half of these credits must be carried in courses numbered 2000 or above. All MA students are required to complete a 13-credit core-course sequence in theory and methods (PS 2000 , PS 2010 , PS 2030 , and PS 2040 ), comprising graduate-level training in empirical analysis of political behavior and normative political thought. The remainder of the students’ MA course work is used to develop competence in one of the main fields of political science the department offers.
Students must then pass a comprehensive examination, for MA purposes, covering two of six fields.