Political Science, M.A.
This course may be taken prior to or during the same term.
|Degree:||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Department:||Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government|
Building 50, Room 120
|College:||Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities|
|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. All new students should be advised by the departmental advisor. In addition to the university requirement that students maintain an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher, students must also make a 3.0 or higher GPA in at least 5 of the 6 core courses.
Online M.A. in Political Science
The Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government offers a fully online program for the M.A. in Political Science. To be eligible to apply for the online program, students must live outside of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida. 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 strength of the online graduate program and students' success depend on these live interactions.
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:
- Undergraduate institutional GPA of 3.0 or above
- Submission of a sample research paper
- Completion of Supplemental Questions on Graduate Application
Political Science Core
|CPO 6006||Seminar in Comparative Politics||3|
|INR 6007||Seminar in International Relations||3|
|POS 6006||The Study of Politics||3|
|POS 6045||Seminar in American Politics||3|
|POS 6704||Political Science Research Methods||3|
|POT 5016||Seminar in Political Theory||3|
|Non-thesis students take 15 sh of electives, of which 6 sh may be taken outside of the discipline. Non-political science credits require prior approval of the department chair.||15|
|Completion of the degree requires successful completion of a chair- & advisor-approved comprehensive exam.||0|
|Thesis students take 15 sh of elective credit, of which 6 sh may be earned by writing and successfully defending a thesis. Note: In order to be eligible for the thesis option, students are required to maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA. A match between faculty expertise of a thesis director and intended thesis topic is necessary, in addition to thesis director and chair approval to pursue a thesis.||9|