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Program Requirements

Credit requirements for receiving a Master’s in Political Science.

This is from the 2017-2018 catalog; for previous year’s, please see the Graduate College webpage for past catalogs. A total of 32 credits are required for this degree.

Core Requirements (3 Credits)

  • POLS 508 Quantitative Research Methodology (3 cr)

Select 2 courses from the following (6 credits):

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

*Electives (15-21 Credits)

*Students must complete at least two of the following courses before they can begin electives: POLS 500, POLS 505, POLS 506.

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)
  • PUBADM 507 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis and Methodology (3 cr)
  • PUBADM 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 Environment (3 cr)
  • PUBADM 560 State and Local Government Policy and Administration (3 cr)

Culminating Activity (2-8 Credits)

  • POLS 593 Thesis (8 cr) or
  • POLS 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination (2 cr)

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