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Department of Political Science

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The graduate programs in the Department of Political Science are designed to produce leading scholars and public servants, who possess keen analytical skills and leadership ability. 

Master's Degrees

Students can receive a master's education in International Studies or Public Administration. The Master's in Political Science is an option for students enrolled in the Ph.D. track who either opt not to complete their studies, or students who have completed comprehensive examinations for the Ph.D. degree.

The Master of Arts in international studies program is a professionally oriented program geared toward service in governmental, non-profit, and private sectors, both domestic and international. It offers three specialized fields of study (International Relations and Practice, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Comparative Politics) and three degree paths (course-based; internship-based; thesis-based).

The MPA program provides a graduate and professional education that incorporates managerial and analytical skills. It advances the understanding of issues facing the public sector.

Resources for M.A. and MPA students include internships with governmental and non-governmental agencies, and possible research funding for MAIS and MPA students who choose the thesis-based degree options. 


Dual Degrees

We offer two dual degrees. In partnership with the School of Law, students can pursue the Public Administration and Law (MPA/J.D.) degrees. You can also earn dual master's in Public Administration and Social Work (M.P.A. / M.S.W.).


Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program is designed to produce leading scholars in the discipline of Political Science. The Ph.D. program offers six major fields of study:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Public Law (recently ranked as one of the top five programs in the nation)
  • Public Administration/Public Policy

Additionally, the Ph.D. program offers seven minor fields of study: the six listed above, plus political methodology.

Resources for Ph.D. students include multi-year funding packages, financial support for conference presentations, research projects, field research and dissertation research, assistance with publishing projects, professional placement services, and more.