Master of Arts in Political Science

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

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

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 public policy.

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
Public policy3
GOV 5033Research Methods in Government3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)9
GOV 5983Thesis3
GOV 5993Thesis3
Total SCHs30

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
Public policy3
GOV 5033Research Methods in Government3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)18
GOV 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs36

Public Affairs Option

Minimum of 36 semester credit hours.

U.S. politics, law, and government3
Global/comparative politics3
Political theory3
Public policy3
GOV 5033Research Methods in Government3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government, including Intro To Public Affairs)15
GOV 5936Internship6
Total SCHs36

M.A. in Political Science with Graduate Certificate in History

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

Minimum of 39 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credit hours for the professional paper.

U.S. politics, law, and government3
Global/comparative politics3
Political theory3
Public policy3
GOV 5033Research Methods in Government3
Electives (additional graduate hours in government)3
Electives (graduate hours in history; Research Methods in History required)18
GOV 5973Professional Paper3
Total SCHs39

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.