The MA Program

The Department of Political Science awards MA degrees to students who successfully complete our BA/MA program and to those students in the Ph.D. program who have completed all the requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation. The department does not have a stand-alone MA program and does not accept applications for that degree.

Please be aware that you must be registered as a student during any semester in which you complete any degree requirements.

The BA/MA Program

This program is intended for outstanding students who wish to pursue intensive study in a specialized area of political and social science beyond the level of the BA. Students must apply for admission into this program before November 1 of their junior year.  See the BA/MA page for program requirements and application procedures.

Post-Qualifier Master’s Degree

Post-B.A. PhD students who have successfully completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. except the dissertation may request that a Master’s degree be granted to validate the work accomplished.  Master’s candidates will be expected to complete the required number of courses and either (a) develop a Capstone project or (b) take the comprehensive exam.