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Master of Arts in Political Science

Course Number and Title


Core Requirements

POLS 508 Quantitative Research Methodology
Select 2 courses from the following:

POLS 500 American Government and Politics (3 cr)
POLS 505 Comparative Politics (3 cr)
POLS 506 World Politics (3 cr)


American Politics

POLS 512 Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (3 cr)
POLS 513 American Presidency (3 cr)
POLS 514 Legislative Politics (3 cr)
POLS 516 Institutions, Citizenship, and Contemporary Thought (3 cr)
POLS 518 Judicial Decision Making (3 cr)
POLS 520 Contemporary Issues in American Politics (3 cr)

Comparative Politics/International Relations

POLS 525 Civil War and Terrorism (3 cr)
POLS 526 Democratization (3 cr)
POLS 528 Advanced International Political Economy (3 cr)
POLS 530 State Institutions and Civil Society (3 cr)
POLS 531 Contemporary Issues in World Politics (3 cr)

Other Departments (maximum of 6 credits):

PUBADM 500 Administration in the Public Sector (3 cr)
PUBADM 501 Public Policy Process (3 cr)
PUBADM 506 Qualitative Analysis and Methodology (3 cr)
PUDADM 507 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis and Methodology (3 cr)
PUDADM 508 Advanced Survey Research (3 cr)
PUBADM 512 Information Technology and Public Policy (3 cr)
PUBADM 513 Economics of Public Policy (3 cr)
PUBADM 540 Contemporary Issues in Natural Resource and Environmental Policy and Administration (3 cr)
PUBADM 542 Science, Democracy and the Environment (3 cr)
PUBADM 560 State and Local Government Policy and Administration (3 cr)

*Students must complete at least two of the following courses before they can begin electives:

POLS 500, POLS 505, POLS 506.
POLS 593 Thesis (8 cr) or

POLS 690 Master's Comprehensive Examination (2 cr)


Forms – including links to Graduate College, Registrar, and Thesis and Dissertation forms


The Graduate Catalog can be found on the Graduate College website.

Current courses offered

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Projected Course Schedule

A projection of courses to be offered may be used as a tool to help students plan their schedules, however, course projections are subject to change.

Academic Calendars

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Final Exam Schedules