College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2014-2015

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Master of Arts

We designed this Master's degree to provide you with broad training suitable for pursuing doctoral work or a career in government, teaching, or the private sector. You choose your primary field of study from one of these three areas: American Politics and Public Administration, Comparative Politics and International Relations, or Public Policy.
  
The M.A. in Political Science is available in two forms: Non-thesis and Thesis.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Political Science?

A degree in Political Science can prepare you for a career in a diverse range of job opportunities. Here, you can advance your knowledge about how our public lives are organized at the local, national, and international levels. We offer a highly diverse and collaborative approach to graduate study in political science. You will work closely with faculty to formulate a specialized plan to pursue your personal interests. Whether it's American politics, public administration, public policy, comparative politics, or political theory, you can tailor your academic work to help you meet your career goals. You'll be in good company, with many fellow students and faculty members pursuing in-depth study in the field.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Diplomat
  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Policy analyst


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • A bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above or  6 units of subsequent coursework at the graduate level with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
    • GRE® revised General Test
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample
    • Personal statement or essay
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:

    Politics and International Affairs core courses:

    Core coursework in your field (6 units):

    • American Politics and Public Administration
      Select two courses from the following:Comparative Politics and International Relations
      Select one group from the following:
  • The Master of Arts in Political Science is available in two forms: Non-thesis and Thesis. (Select One)

    • NON-THESIS
      • Additional POS courses related to your field (12-15 units)
      • An interdisciplinary concentration, selected from anthropology, economics, environmental politics, history, psychology, public administration, sociology, or an appropriate area or cognate approved by your plan advisor (9-12 units)
      • A final oral exam, with satisfactory performance
    • THESIS
      • Additional  POS courses related to your field (6-9 units)
      • An interdisciplinary concentration, selected from anthropology, economics, environmental politics, history, psychology, public administration, sociology, or an appropriate area or cognate approved by your plan advisor (9-12 units)
      • POS 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis. Please note that you may end up taking more units of thesis credit than the 6 units you can count toward your degree because you must enroll for it each term while you work on your thesis. (6 units)
  • Please note that you choose all courses in consultation with your plan advisor.

    You may count up to two 400-level courses toward this academic plan if they haven't previously been counted toward a bachelor's degree.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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