M.A. in Political Science

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Qualification
Master's Degree
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
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Entry Requirements

  1. An application form (available online at www.graduateschool.utsa.edu)

  2. An application fee

  3. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

  4. Official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended including community colleges

  5. A statement of purpose (roughly 500 words or two typed pages) indicating your interests and goals in studying political science

  6. Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program (at least two of these must be from a college or university professor who can discuss and evaluate specifically your academic qualifications and potential for graduate-level study).

Curriculum

Degree Requirements. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree is 36. Students without a basic foundation in statistics and/or social science research methods may be required to complete an undergraduate-level course in one of these areas before enrolling in POL 5013 Research Methods.

Degree candidates must complete the following requirements:

    1. 6 semester credit hours of methodological core courses:

      POL 5003    Political Inquiry
      POL 5013    Research Methods

      Plus 6 semester credit hours of breadth core courses from the following:

      POL 5043    International Politics
      POL 5063    Political Philosophy
      POL 5153    American Government and Politics

    2. 18 semester credit hours for the thesis option or 24 semester credit hours for the nonthesis option (see section D below) of designated elective courses in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students may receive up to 6 semester credit hours for courses taken outside of political science after consultation with their advisor.

      Students specializing in American Government must complete:

    3. POL 5153    American Government and Politics

      And at least 9 semester credit hours from the following:

      POL 5023    Political Economy
      POL 5033    Political Communications and Behavior
      POL 5103    Topics in American Politics
      POL 5113    Latino/a Politics
      POL 5133    Ethnic and Gender Politics
      POL 5143    Theory and the City
      POL 5163    American Political Development
      POL 5173    Policy Process
      POL 5183    Congress
      POL 5193    Presidency
      POL 5403    Topics in Political Communications and Behavior
      POL 5413    Political Psychology
      POL 5423    Campaign Management and Consulting
      POL 5433    Electoral Behavior
      POL 5443    Polling and Survey Research Techniques
      POL 5453    Political Advertising
      POL 5503    Constitutional Law and Judicial Decision-Making

      Students specializing in International Politics must complete:

      POL 5043    International Politics

      And at least 9 semester credit hours from the following:

      POL 5303    Topics in Comparative and International Politics
      POL 5313    Comparative Political Parties
      POL 5333    European Politics
      POL 5363    Mexican Politics
      POL 5373    Human Rights
      POL 5703    American Foreign Policy
      POL 5713    Comparative Political Systems
      POL 5723    International Organizations
      POL 5733    Political Actors and Systems in Latin America
      POL 5743    Electoral Systems in the Americas
      POL 5773    Comparative Foreign Policy
      POL 5783    International Security
      POL 5793    International Political Economy
      POL 5823    Political Economy of the Americas
      POL 5833    Business and Labor in U.S. Politics
      POL 5853    Economic Geography
      POL 5873    Global Governance
      POL 5903    Political Geography
      POL 5943    Threat Environments and Homeland Security and Defense

      Students specializing in Political Theory and Public Law must complete:

      POL 5063    Political Philosophy

      And at least 9 semester credit hours from the following:

      POL 5143    Theory and the City
      POL 5203    Topics in Political Theory
      POL 5223    Issues in Contemporary Political Theory
      POL 5243    Theories of Justice and Rights
      POL 5253    Issues of Immigration
      POL 5273    Contemporary Political Theory and Social Policy
      POL 5503    Constitutional Law and Judicial Decision-Making
      POL 5523    Litigation Politics
      POL 6103    Seminar in Theories of Politics and Law

    4. Students must complete the core course requirements within their first 18 hours of coursework. All students are required to pass a first-year qualifying examination to assess their progress in the program. This review must be completed before enrollment in further courses will be allowed. In consultation with the Faculty Subfield Advisor and Graduate Advisor of Record, students will also be required to indicate at that time which exit option they plan to pursue (see section D below). Students choosing the thesis option must complete 18 hours of coursework and the core and breadth courses before enrolling in POL 6893 Master’s Thesis Proposal. Students choosing the nonthesis option must complete at least 24 hours in addition to the core and breadth courses before taking the comprehensive examination. (See the Department’s Graduate Program Handbook for more details.) Students are encouraged to pursue languages or other formal competencies as appropriate to their needs.
  1. Option 1 (with thesis): 6 semester credit hours: 

    POL 6893   Master’s Thesis Proposal 
    POL 6983   Master’s Thesis

    or

    Option 2 (without thesis): Students will prepare for examination under faculty supervision and in consultation with their Faculty Subfield Advisor and Graduate Advisor of Record. In consultation with the Faculty Subfield Advisor and Graduate Advisor of Record, students will designate an exam committee and exam chair in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to take the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination will be evaluated as either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination). Students are expected to take the comprehensive examination during the semester in which they plan to complete the degree. The comprehensive examination can be attempted twice but only once a semester. Credit earned for the comprehensive examination will not count toward the 36 semester credit hours required for the Master’s degree.

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