Master of Arts in Political Science

The concentrations available in the MA program include:

Beyond the foundational courses of the MA degree and their chosen concentration, MA students are offered a range of options including theoretical or practitioner-oriented courses, internships, a research thesis, or the individualized exploration of a research topic through a directed study. Additionally students are allowed to explore the field with a more focused emphasis, working within one of our core areas of research and practitioner expertise.

With decades of outstanding scholarship, our MA students have gone on to pursue a wide range of opportunities. Many have used the degree as a foundation for doctoral work, taking advantage of the opportunity offered by our master’s program to take higher level research courses with doctorate level students. Others have utilized the degree as an academic foundation to a career in government, including work at the federal, state, and local level, as well as work in international development or relations.

For more information on requirements for the MA program see the Course Catalog.


The Security and Resilience Studies Certificate is available to current Master of Arts in Political Science students. In order to apply for the certificate program, current students should fill out an Internal Admission Notification Form. Since some courses are only offered during certain semesters, we encourage students considering this path to apply early on during their MA program. The requirements for the SRS Certificate can be found in the Course Catalog.