Political Science

Degree:Master of Arts (M.A.)
Major:Political Science
Department:Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government
Building 50, Room 120
(850) 474-2929
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:45.1001
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 33

The M.A. program is designed for students interested in acquiring a broad view of political science or who wish to specialize in international relations. The program consists of 33 semester hours plus successful completion of a comprehensive examination or a thesis. There are two tracks to choose from:  generalist, and security and diplomacy.  The generalist track is primarily for students who wish to have a broad view of the discipline, either to satisfy their own curiosity or as a means to pursue careers in the media, education, or the private sector. The security and diplomacy track is designed for students considering or presently pursuing a military or national security career. Requirements for each track are specified below.  All new students should be advised by the department chair.  In addition to the university requirement that students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, students must also make a 3.0 or higher GPA in each core course.

Tracks, options, and concentrations are an informal designation used by graduate programs to indicate areas of emphasis and research, but have no formal significance. They do not appear on the student transcript and diploma.

Online M.A. in Political Science

The Department of Government now offers a fully online program for the M.A. in Political Science. It is available for distance learners who live outside of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida. Exceptions to this policy are rare; however, extenuating circumstances should be addressed to the department chair. Note this is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend live lectures via the University's online video conferencing system for courses.  Through this format, students benefit from face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty in real time while also enjoying the flexibility of online course delivery. The strengths of the online graduate program and students' success depend on these live interactions. The live sessions are held for the evening core seminars. The approved department electives are made available via recordings. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria can be used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  verbal and quantitative score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score in each that ranks in the 50 percentile or better*
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Submission of a sample research paper

* The graduate admission test may be waived for the following: 

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or higher in the Political Science, Political Science-Pre Law, or International Studies / Affairs major.

Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 in each core course to satisfy program requirements.

Degree Requirements

Political Science Core (18 sh)

CPO 6006Seminar in Comparative Politics3
INR 6007Seminar in International Relations3
POS 6006The Study of Politics3
POS 6045Seminar in American Politics3
POS 6704Political Science Research Methods3
POT 5016Seminar in Political Theory3
Total Hours18