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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. Students earn an MA as part of their PhD studies. 

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. 

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