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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 two 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 credits 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.

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