Master of Arts (M.A.)
Candidates for the M.A. may elect either a thesis option, which requires 30 hours of graduate course work plus a thesis, or a non-thesis option, which requires 33 graduate hours and a bibliographic essay. M.A. students also must take 9 credits in a particular area of study (American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Analysis, Political Theory, or another area approved by the Graduate Director). The M.A. program usually takes two years to complete.
- MA Thesis Guidelines (pdf file, 18K size
- Blibliographic Essay(pdf file, 225K size)
- Grievance Policy (pdf file)
- MA Degree Plan I (Word file, 8K size)
- MA Degree Plan II (Word file, 8K size)
- Normal Progress Toward the MA degree (pdf file, 13K size)
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 48 hours of course work, including M.A. work; written comprehensive examination in two subfields and the successful defense of a dissertation. The doctoral degree usually takes an additional two years beyond the M.A., although some complete the M.A. and Ph.D. within four years.