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The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers MA and PhD degrees in Political Science and International Relations. The graduate program is a PhD focused program consisting of coursework during the first five semesters followed by dissertation research and writing. The MA degree is a two-year, 38 credit hour program. The PhD program is a 62 credit hour program. Courses offered in the graduate program consist of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory as well as methods classes and electives.

However, we offer MA and PhD degrees in Political Science and International Relations, our program. Our program is primarily PhD-focused; we rarely admit students for a terminal master's degree. For the MA degree, students must complete a set of core courses in one of four subfields, as well as elective coursework a skills requirement and a major writing requirement. For the PhD degree, students must complete the course requirements for the MA degree, plus courses in a second subfield, a research seminar, candidacy credits, field examinations, a dissertation proposal defense, and the dissertation defense.


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