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2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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) before they can be admitted to the master’s program and submit official scores to the Graduate School.
  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 sent to the department.
  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.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

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

Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at - click on the "Plans of Study" link.

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) 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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