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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Political Science - MA

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Degree Title: Master of Arts

Program Name and Number: Political Science - MA4201

Department/Unit: Department of Political Science

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission: The MA Program in Political Science seeks to instill a lifelong commitment to learning, to advance diversity and human understanding, and empower students to meet their responsibilities as citizens, leaders, and professional political analysts in a democratic society and interdependent world.  Students are trained in the theories and methodologies needed to evaluate and conduct research that is fundamental, theoretical, and applied.  

Program Learning Objectives: Students will:

  • explain how a variety of political systems operate
  • identify honest and ethical research practices
  • identify, apply and interpret appropriate research methods and theories to investigate a variety of political and social phenomena
  • identify an area of concentration for in-depth study, and analyze a variety of political and social phenomena in their selected area
  • evaluate, critique, and synthesize scholarship in their selected area of concentration
  • conduct original research that investigates political or social phenomena in their area of concentration using appropriate methodologies and theories
  • communicate their original research effectively to the scholarly community

Program Overview: The Master of Arts (M.A.) in political science offers students of a variety of goals and backgrounds a rigorous and flexible course of study, an accessible faculty with diverse interests and experiences, and excellent facilities for research and study. The department offers a variety of courses at the graduate level including seminars in the scope and theory of political science, research methods in the discipline, and seminars in five areas of concentration: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Politics and Law. This breadth allows graduate students, in consultation with an advisor, to construct a program that fits their particular needs and provides students the opportunity to explore various post-graduate career options while strengthening their analytical, research, and writing skills. Through this combination of rigorous academic training, the flexibility to specialize and develop expertise in their areas of interest, and the opportunity to work closely with faculty known for the research and teaching excellence, the M.A. program in political science prepares students for entry to law schools and doctoral programs in political science; for working for political campaigns, interest groups, non-profits, and policy think tanks; and for entry-level local, state, and federal  legislative and bureaucratic positions.

Concentrations: Students can concentrate in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Politics and Law.

Opportunities for Graduates: The M.A. program prepares students for entry to law schools and doctoral programs in political science; for working with political campaigns, interest groups, non-profit organizations and policy think tanks; and for positions in local, state, and federal legislative and bureaucratic offices. A number of our graduates have gone on to attend leading law schools and graduate programs in political science, and others have secured professional positions in government public affairs, and the private sector.

Link to Program: http://www.ohio.edu/cas/pols/grad/

Graduation Requirements:

  1. 58 minimum semester hours
  2. An M.A. thesis or comprehensive exam
  3. 26 credit hours of required courses including POLS 6000, POLS 6010, seminar in area of concentration from POLS 6100, 6300, 6500, 6600, or 6700; 2 additional seminars in areas of concentration; ELIP 5140 and 5160
  4. Expected time to degree with full time enrollment is four semesters

Admission Requirements: Program applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume or curriculum vita, and are encouraged to submit a writing sample. Applicants are expected to have some academic training in Political Science. Generally, a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate work in political science (approximately six courses) or the equivalent is expected, although exceptions can be made for those with coursework in closely related fields or with practical political or administrative experience. The GRE is required for students with below a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

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