Master of Arts in Political Science
The curriculum is designed to provide all students with rigorous academic training in the CMU political science graduate program and will prepare you for doctoral programs, law schools, or other graduate programs.
This graduate program at CMU features:
- Concentrations in U.S. and international politics;
- Hands-on research opportunities;
- Distinguished faculty members specializing in comparative politics, public policy, international relations, U.S. politics, and political theory;
- Conveniently scheduled evening and weekend courses;
- Access to extensive on-campus library resources;
- Speakers, workshops, and many other global connections;
- Graduate assistantships and financial aid.
You will also be well prepared to work in a wide range of professional careers, including positions in federal, state, and local governments, the Foreign Service, and the private sector, as well as teaching at the community college or high school level.
The Master of Arts (MA) program in Political Science at Central Michigan University is designed for students who are planning to pursue further graduate education and for students who, for reasons of career enhancement or of specialized training for employment, are seeking a Master's degree as their ultimate goal. The Department provides students with rigorous academic training in the discipline and offers students the option to specialize either in the study of American Politics or Comparative Politics and International Relations.
This preparation enables CMU graduates to be competitive when applying to Ph.D. programs, law schools or other graduate programs. In addition, CMU MA graduates will be well-prepared for a wide range of other careers, including federal, state and local government, the Foreign Service, teaching at the community college or high school level, and careers in the private sector.
Goals and Objectives
- Educating students about the diversity of models, approaches, and intellectual traditions within Political Science;
- Training students in the appropriate research skills necessary to complete their research objectives;
- Preparing students for entrance into Ph.D. programs in Political Science, entrance into law schools, entrance into public service, or for upgrading their credentials for careers in teaching, including primary and secondary education;
- Developing students' ability to critically analyze and evaluate scholarly work;
- Fostering students' ability to think critically and effectively express their thoughts in written and oral communication;
- Encouraging and mentoring students' professional growth through research and presentations at professional conferences;
- Providing opportunities to network within the field of study through internships, honorary organizations and on-campus events.
Proposed standards for admission to the Masters Program in Political Science
- An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 (on a 4.0 point scale).
- A minimum of 18 undergraduate hours in the social sciences of which at least 6 hours are in political science.
- An essay (two or three pages, double-spaced) including a discussion of the applicant's professional and/or educational goals and how completion of the program will facilitate his or her achievement of those goals. This essay replaces the written statement requested as part of the application to the College of Graduate Studies.
- Two letters of recommendation from college faculty or other professionals who are familiar with the applicant's abilities and can attest to the applicant's potential to succeed in the program.
- Evidence of successful completion of an undergraduatestatistics or social science research methods course.
- If the applicant is an international student for whom English is not the first language, a score of 213 on the computer-based (or 550 on the written-based) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Per university policy, conditional admission may be considered for applicants with backgrounds or grade point averages that do not meet these requirements. Courses taken to meet these requirements may not be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all conditional requirements.
- Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution with approval of the advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
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