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The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers both MA (Master of Arts) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees. The graduate program is a PhD focused program consisting of coursework during the first six semesters followed by dissertation research and writing. The MA degree is a two-year, 39-credit program. The PhD program is a 63-credit program.

Graduate study in the Department is organized around four major subfields within the discipline of Political Science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Ph.D. students are required to pick one of these major subfields within the discipline as their primary field and a second subfield as their secondary field.

Alternatively, students may construct an interdisciplinary secondary field in consultation with a faculty member and with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Examples of such secondary fields include Gender and Politics, Research Methods, Political Psychology, etc. M.A. students complete a primary subfield only.

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