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:
In addition to University 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.|
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The Master of Arts in Political Science degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to understand and participate in the political systems of the United States and the world. This degree provides a broad perspective on experiences, international and domestic, from both theory and practice.
This degree builds a strong foundation in the advanced knowledge of the political world, and enable students to be able to use key concepts and analytical approaches from Public Policy, American Politics, Public Administration, Comparative Politics and International relations.
Building upon this fundamental knowledge, our curriculum ensures that students can define, design and implement effective scholarly research projects in political science. In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective of their work in writing and in public presentations, including scholarly presentations to academics at professional political science conferences. Students will also leave this program ready to work in government, non-academic research institutions, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Our goal is to train students to be active, engaged, and informed participants in the global system who can not only understand the world around them but also shape and influence it.
Student Learning Outcomes
All students in the M.A. Political Science Program will achieve the following learning objectives:
1. Conceptual and Analytical: Students should have an advanced knowledge of the political world, including contemporary political thought and public policies, and be able to use key concepts and analytical approaches from political science.
Individual program admission requirements include:
Take the following 36 units:
Politics and International Affairs core courses:
The Master of Arts in Political Science is available in two forms: Non-thesis and Thesis. (Select One)
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.