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  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Political Science, M.S.


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Master's Degree Program


Requirements for Regular Admission to the Master's Program

The Department of Political Science utilizes the following criteria for evaluating applicants to the master's program:

  1. Students without an undergraduate degree in political science, if conditionally admitted, may be required to take up to nine hours of undergraduate political science coursework.
  2. The cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) from all institutions attended as well as the trend of grades over the course of the undergraduate degree program is considered. The department looks especially at the final two years of an applicant's undergraduate program. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 during the final two years of undergraduate study is preferred.
  3. Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit official scores to the Graduate School before they can be admitted to the master's program.
  4. Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant's academic acheivements and qualifications for graduate study and should be submitted to the graduate school, preferably from faculty members.
  5. Applicants must submit a letter of interest.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to submit a writing sample.
  7. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  8. Applicants who do not meet the criteria for regular admission may, at the department's discretion, be given conditional admission to the program. The requirements for removing the conditional status will be stated at the time of admission.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page –www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.

Master of Science


Requirements for the Master of Science degree include thirty (30) semester hours of coursework (21 hours of 600 level or higher), including PS 611  and PS 612 . SOC 564 (Qualitative Methods) may be substituted for PS 611  with permission of advisor. Students must select a major (comprised of at least 9 hours, 3 of which must be 700 level for each minor) and two minors (comprised of at least 6 hours, 3 of which must be 700 level) from the 6 fields of political science. Passage of a comprehensive exam in these three fields of political science and a 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. Students must also register for 3 hours of PS 691  and under the supervision of a professor in their major area, produce a substantial research paper equal in quality but not in scope, to a thesis.

Fields of Political Science


Research Methods Core


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