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
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.