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Twin Cities Campus

Political Science M.A.

Political Science Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Political Science, 1414 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4144; fax: 612-626-7599)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 33
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: The political science program only admits students into the PhD program. However, students admitted to the PhD program may earn a master's degree (Plan B) while pursuing their doctorate. The political science curriculum is divided into five subfields: formal models and methodology, political theory, American politics, international relations, and comparative politics.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 27 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Three research papers, usually written in connection with coursework, are required.
Emphases
Choose two core courses from the emphases listed below.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
Political Theory
· POL 8201 - Understanding Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· American Politics
· POL 8301 - American Politics (3.0 cr)
· International Relations
· POL 8401 - International Relations (3.0 cr)
· Comparative Politics
· POL 8601 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3.0 cr)
· Political Models and Methodology
· POL 8120 - Core Course in Political Methodology: Modeling Political Processes (3.0 cr)
Electives
Select two emphases from the above list, and take 9 elective credits to fulfill requirements for each. The additional elective credits can be chosen from any emphasis.
Emphasis 1
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 8xxx
Emphasis 2
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 8xxx
Floating Elective
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 8xxx
Outside Coursework
Take at least 6 credits outside the major.
 
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POL 8201 - Understanding Political Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Key concepts/major approaches. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
POL 8301 - American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminar on main themes of theory and research in American politics, institutions, law, and policy. Major works on individual, mass, elite, and institutional behavior and their relationship to each other. Foundation for advanced seminars in American politics. prereq: Grad pol sci major or instr consent
POL 8401 - International Relations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic theories/approaches to study of international politics. Surveys representative work/central issues of scholarship. prereq: Grad pol sci major or dept consent
POL 8601 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Main theoretical approaches and issues: comparative method, the state and class; political culture; development, democratization, rational choice, social movements. prereq: Grad pol sci major
POL 8120 - Core Course in Political Methodology: Modeling Political Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Methods used and potential for creating models of political processes. Designing political institutions, discerning/forecasting election outcomes, producing early warnings of international conflicts, increasing turnout in elections. Using mathematics to study political strategy and collective decision making in committees/legislatures. Using statistics to measure political variables, design experiments with human subjects, and test micro/macro political theories. prereq: Pol sci grad major or instr consent