Sep 17, 2019  
2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science (International Policy and Development), 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.

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.

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 www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - 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 Arts, International Policy and Development Emphasis


This program is intended for graduate students in Political Science with an International Policy and Development (IPD) orientation. Students must be registered at the Gulf Coast campus in order to pursue this emphasis. Students should be aware that while the courses in this emphasis are offered online, completion of the degree requires coursework currently only offered in a traditional face-to-face format. All students are required to prepare an individualized Program Plan with an advisor.

Students must complete the following requirements:

Successful completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours of coursework (21 hours of 600 level or higher), including PS 611  and PS 612 . Students must select IPD as a major field (comprised of 12 hours) and two minors (comprised of at least 6 hours, 3 of which must be 700 level) from the six remaining 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. M.S. students are allowed to select an outside minor of six (6) hours which will count towards their thirty-six (36) hour total.

Courses Available Online


Research Methods Core


(Gulf Coast IPD students only)

Fields of Political Science


Research Methods Core


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