Traditional Masters

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The traditional MA course sequence will require two years to complete for the full-time student taking two or three courses each semester. These seminars will be held once a week in the late afternoons or evenings so that working professionals may attend more easily. This track culminates in an applied research project consistent with students’ career interests- for example, the analysis of a specific policy in the government agency where the student works. This track will also feature a research thesis option and training for Ph. D programs if the student prefers, but its central focus is on professional application of graduate training in Political Science.

Minimum Requirements

  • Apply online to the Graduate College.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required for all applicants. Professional supervisors, as well as one’s professors, may write letters in support of traditional MA program applicants.
  • Statement of purpose with a discussion of how the student’s personal and professional goals are enhanced by the enrollment in the MA program.
  • A ten-page writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to sustain an argument and present evidence to support claims.

Assistantship Opportunity

For Fall 2018, we are able to offer one Graduate Assistantship position (a tuition waiver and a paid, 20-hour per week position) for the 2018-2019 academic year. We are able to offer this scholarship to a student that is from a traditionally under-represented minority group at the graduate level and that student is beginning their graduate education at Boise State through our traditional Master’s program. We will select a candidate from the pool of applications from the February 1st deadline, so do apply!