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Master's Program in Political Science

Apply through the School of Graduate Studies


Program Highlights

Broad training in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory

Faculty clusters in areas such as Conflict; Executive Politics; Law, Courts, and Constitutionalism; Legislative Politics; Parties; Security; and State Politics 

Graduates go on to top Ph.D. programs, positions in government, interest groups, think tanks, nonprofits, and the private sector

Complete the MA or MS degree in 2 years or sooner


Admissions Information

Apply through the School of Graduate Studies

Requirements: bachelor's degree, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose

Funding packages including stipends and tuition waivers are available on a competitive basis

 February 1 priority deadline for funding considerations

 Admissions decisions made on a rolling basis (fall entry only)


Accelerated Option for USU Undergraduates

 Apply as early as spring semester junior year (see admissions requirements above)

Formal admission to the graduate program is contingent upon completing the bachelor's degree

Take up to 9 graduate credits in political science as an undergraduate (POLS 5000+ or 6000+ classes)

 Use the split form to reserve these credits for graduate study (they cannot then be applied to the undergraduate degree) 


Graduate Program Curriculum

POLS 6010 Research Design (required) 

 POLS 6300 American Political Seminar (required)

POLS 6220 Comparative Politics Seminar (required) 

POLS 6250 International Relations Seminar (required)

POLS 6310 Political Theory Seminar (required)

POLS 6970 Thesis Research (6 hours if  Plan A thesis, 3 hours if Plan B thesis)

POLS 5000+ or 6000+ electives (9 hours if Plan A thesis, 12 hours if Plan B thesis)

Students interested in the MA must also pass a second language competency exam

Note: 5000+ or 6000+ classes from outside the department may be credited as electives with department approval


 Forms and Contact

Political Science Graduate Study Handbook

 USU Graduate School Handbook

Graduate Program Coordinator: Jessica Felts 

Interim Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Josh Ryan

Graduate Program Requirment Information Sheet