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School of Social Science and Global Studies

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The MA degree program 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. A joint master of arts in political science and library and information science is also available.

Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis, and come with a full tuition waiver, health care insurance, and up to $10,000 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. A 3.0 overall undergraduate degree GPA (with at least a 3.0 in Political Science courses) is preferred.

Applicants must submit:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results (required for all graduate admissions). A test score taken within five years of the application is expected.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to asses the applicant's academic achievements and qualifications.
  • a letter of interest in the program.
  • a writing sample is encouraged (no longer than 10 pages).

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.