Political Science- Master of Arts

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
218 Harrison Hall, 513-529-2000

Admission Requirements

Combined Bachelor/Master's Program

Undergraduate students may apply to the combined BA/MA Program where they can earn a MA Degree while completing their BA Degree. To apply for the combined degree program, students must have completed 64 hours toward the BA with a 3.25 GPA and must have completed 17 hours of  political science course work (with a 3.50 GPA), including at least 9 hours at the 300 level or above. Please contact the department’s Director of Graduate Studies for more information.

Master of Arts

You may enter this program only in the fall term; apply by April 1. Admission requirements include:

  1. at least 18 semester hours of undergraduate work in political science or at least 12 semester hours in political science and 12 in other social sciences, including a survey course in the American political system or introduction to political science;
  2. at least a 3.00 (4.00 scale) grade point average (GPA) in the above undergraduate course work;
  3. three letters of recommendation;
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE is optional) general test scores;
  5. a letter or statement describing career objective and fields of interest in political science.
  6. a writing sample.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Political Science at Miami University is a terminal degree for students intending to pursue careers in politics at all levels of government and in nongovernmental organizations. The MA program is designed to equip students with the analytical skills and substantive knowledge necessary for engaging in applied politics, public affairs, and public policy study. Students in the MA program are exposed to the discipline of political science, specifically focusing on how political science theories underpin the systematic study of the behavior of political actors and processes in the American context and globally. Special emphasis is placed on developing the student’s understanding of the frameworks for active participation in governance, issue advocacy, law and legal affairs, and public policy research, while developing the research, analytical and writing skills essential for public leaders.

31 graduate hours required, including:

Core Courses
POL 601Foundations of Political Analysis3
POL 603Introduction to Quantitative Methods2
POL 604Public Policy Research2
POL 606Final Project for Master's Degree3
Human Subjects Research Certification
Select a minimum of 9 hours of political science graduate course work from one of the following groups:9
American Political System/Political Theory
American Political Thought
Civil Society and Modern Politics
Capstone Seminar on the American Political System
Comparative Political Systems/International Relations
European Union: Politics and Policies
Seminar on Comparative Political Systems
Havighurst Colloquium
Then International System
Conflict Management in a Divided World
Seminar: Comparative Political Systems
Public Administration and Policy Analysis
Seminar on Public Administration and Policy Analysis
Public Policy Analysis
Public Budgeting
Public Personnel Administration
Select 12 hours of political science graduate course work, 9 hours of which must be outside the concentration 112
Total Credit Hours31

This may include up to 6 hours of graduate course work from outside the department with the approval of the graduate studies committee. Internship experience while in the program may count for up to 6 hours with the approval of the graduate studies committee.