The Department of Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi offers both Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Political Science. A joint master of arts in political science and library and information science is also available. The department is student-centered, and dedicated to studying the interaction of government, culture, and economics from both international and domestic perspectives. Our goal is to produce graduates who are informed and engaged citizens of the global society. Graduate students are trained in relevant research methodologies, and in all areas of Political Science. Click here to view the Graduate Handbook. (graduate_handbook_oct_2013_2.pdf).
Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis, and come with a full tuition waiver, health care insurance, and a $8750 stipend. The department also collaborates with the ASPA to provide free membership in the organization for all graduate assistants. To be considered, be sure to apply early (by March 15 if considering entering in the Fall).
The graduate admissions committee makes recommendations on all admissions. Admissions decisions to all graduate programs are competitive, and are made based upon the totality of the student’s admissions packet. The Department prefers a 3.0 overall undergraduate degree GPA (with at least a 3.0 in Political Science courses) for regular admission to the master’s program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all graduate admissions. A test score taken within five years of the application is expected. In addition, applicants should submit at least two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to asses the applicant's academic achievements and qualifications. Applicants should also submit a letter of interest in the program. They are also encouraged to submit a writing sample. Each complete application is reviewed for admission independently, based upon the materials provided. Students conditionally admitted are considered probationary until they have met the requirements of their conditional admission.
For information about the Masters of Science with the International Policy Development emphasis please follow the link to the International Development Program website.