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Master of Arts in Political Science

Course Number and TitleCredits
Core Requirements
POLS 508 Quantitative Research Methodology
SPS 502 Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
SPS 503 Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences
Select 2 courses from the following:

POLS 500 American Government and Politics (3 cr)
POLS 505 Comparative Politics (3 cr)
POLS 506 World Politics (3 cr)
American Politics
POLS 512 Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (3 cr)
POLS 513 American Presidency (3 cr)
POLS 514 Legislative Politics (3 cr)
POLS 516 Institutions, Citizenship, and Contemporary Thought (3 cr)
POLS 518 Judicial Decision Making (3 cr)
POLS 520 Contemporary Issues in American Politics (3 cr)

Comparative Politics/International Relations
POLS 521 Comparative Electoral Behavior (3 cr)
POLS 522 Comparative Political Parties (3 cr)
POLS 523 Non-Democratic Regimes (3 cr)
POLS 524 Politics of Inequality (3 cr)
POLS 525 Civil War and Terrorism (3 cr)
POLS 526 Democratization (3 cr)
POLS 528 Advanced International Political Economy (3 cr)
POLS 530 State Institutions and Civil Society (3 cr)
POLS 531 Contemporary Issues in World Politics (3 cr)

SPS 501 Social Science Research Design (3 cr)
SPS 504 Survey Research (3 cr)
SPS 507 Advanced Qualitative Methods and Analysis (3 cr)
SPS 508 Maximum Likelihood Estimation (3 cr)
SPS 509 Advanced Quantitative Methodology (3 cr)
SPS 510 Game Theory and Formal Modeling (3 cr)
Other Electives (maximum of six credits):
Electives approved by supervisory committee.
*Students must complete at least two of the following courses before they
can begin electives: POLS 500, POLS 505, POLS 506. Students may not take more than 3 credits from workshops.
Culminating Activity
POLS 593 Thesis (8 cr) or
POLS 690 Master’s Comprehensive Examination (2 cr)


Forms – including links to Graduate College, Registrar, and Thesis and Dissertation forms

Political Science Graduate Student Handbook


The Graduate Catalog can be found on the Graduate College website.

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