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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 pursue a master's degree in International Studies or Public Administration.

The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) program is a professionally oriented program geared toward service in governmental, non-profit, and private sectors, both domestic and international. It offers two degree paths (course-based; thesis-based).

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

Dual Degrees

We offer three dual degrees. Students can pursue a dual degree in Law and Public Administration (JD/MPA), Social Work and Public Administration (MSW/MPA), or Public Health and Public Administration (MPH/MPA).

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.

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