Political Science (formerly Government)

The Master of Arts program in Political Science is designed to orient the student toward critical investigation of problems in government and politics, and to improve the student's ability for independent study. This program is of special value to teachers of government in the public schools, to persons who contemplate public service or politics as a career, and to persons planning additional graduate study leading to the doctorate. The Political Science Department Graduate Coordinator acts as advisor to graduate students and should be consulted early in each student's program of graduate study.

Note: Because most graduate students work during the day, graduate courses are offered in the evening hours.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Political Science requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted and 3.0 GPA in the major;
  • a satisfactory score on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (the Department expects the student to achieve at least the 50th percentile in the combined verbal/analytic score);
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for successful graduate study;
  • a written statement explaining the applicant's purposes and goals in pursuing a master's degree in Government; and
  • an example of written work which the applicant considers evidence of his/her best scholarship regardless of the grade received.

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