Master of Arts in Government

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

30-39 semester credit hours minimum with at least 21 semester credit hours of course work in the major.

Major

The student will select one of the options with consultation and approval of her or his graduate committee. The student’s graduate committee may require completion of more than the minimum number of semester credit hours indicated and specify courses to be included in the student’s individual degree .

At least 30 semester credit hours of course work in the specified program of study. Six elective hours can optionally be applied towards a minor (in consultation with advising committee). Completion of the mandatory course in Professional Practices, with a four course distribution, is required.  

Minor

Optional. All minors must be approved by the student’s graduate committee and must include at least 6 semester credit hours.

Special Requirement

No grade lower than ‘B’ can be counted toward meeting the minimum number of semester credit hours required.

Final Examination

An oral defense of the thesis, professional paper, or practicum capstone paper is required.

Master of Arts in Government Program of Study (30 – 39 semester credit hours)

Students must take the course in Professional Practices, in addition to the four course distribution requirement, with at least one course in U.S. politics, law, and government; global/comparative politics; political theory; and politics and identities.

Thesis Option

Minimum of 30 semester credit hours, including 6 semester credit hours for the thesis.

U.S. politics, law and government3
Global/comparative politics3
Political theory3
Politics and identities3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)9
GOV 5603Professional Practices3
GOV 5983Thesis3
GOV 5993Thesis3
Total Semester Credit Hours30


Professional Paper Option

Minimum of 36 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credit hours for the professional paper.

U.S. politics, law and government3
Global/comparative politics3
Political theory3
Politics and identities3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)18
GOV 5603Professional Practices3
GOV 5973Professional Paper3
Total Semester Credit Hours36


Practicum Capstone Option

Minimum of 36 semester credit hours.

U.S. politics, law, and government3
Global/comparative politics3
Political theory3
Politics and identities3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)15
GOV 5603Professional Practices3
GOV 5936Internship6
Total Semester Credit Hours36


Combined History and Government (Government Emphasis)

Couples 21 hours of graduate study in government with 18 hours of graduate study in history.  Graduates of the combined program write a professional paper and receive an M.A. in Government but have enough graduate hours to teach both history and government in Texas community colleges.  Graduates are also qualified to teach dual credit courses in both history and government in Texas high schools.  

Minimum of 39 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credit hours for the professional paper. (Note: Student must select one field as major and one as a minor).

U.S. politics, law, and government3
Global/comparative politics3
Political theory3
Politics and identities3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)3
Electives (graduate hours in history)18
GOV 5603Professional Practices3
GOV 5973Professional Paper3
Total Semester Credit Hours39