Master of Arts in Political Science

Villanova University, Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

Program Description

Master of Arts in Political Science

Villanova University, Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Master's program in political science offers a wide range of courses in American government, international relations, comparative politics and political philosophy. The courses permit students to explore the key issues in contemporary domestic and international politics from both a substantive/policy perspective as well as a scholarly/theoretical perspective. Our program is ideal for students considering Ph.D. programs, preparing for law school, or interested in careers in applied fields such a government service, journalist, non-profit sector, foreign service or secondary education.

Our faculty is committed to our students' development throughout their course of study. Students will find our diverse faculty offer a variety of philosophical, pedagogical and theoretical approaches to politics and boast a wide range of scholarly interests.

All courses are small, discussion based seminars with average enrollment of 15 students. Courses are exclusively offered at night and during the summer.

Master's Certificate in Political Science

Students who are not planning to enroll in the regular M.A. program can apply for a Graduate Certificate in either American Government or International Relations and Comparative Politics

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Master's Research Track in Political Science

Students interested in going on to a Ph.D. program have the option of selecting courses from our research track. The center piece of the research track is a six credit M.A. thesis. Students planning to write a thesis have to enroll in the fall semester of their second year in a research pro-seminar. The seminar discusses strategies for "discovering" interesting topics within the students area of interest, introduces students to useful research skills and tools and tries to develop an esprit the corps among students. The students will leave the seminar with a well developed thesis proposal. This proposal will guide the student's subsequent research and thesis writing that will be supervised by individual faculty members. Students interested in advanced quantitative methodologies can enroll in courses offered either in the statistics or MPA program


The faculty offer a wide range of courses in the political science curriculum. We also periodically update the types of courses we offer to reflect faculty expertise and interests. Our rotation policy ensures that more than 18 different courses will be offered every two years.

All students pursuing the MA in Political Science must complete PSC 7000 Research and Concepts and Approaches and one course from each of the three concentrations: American Government, International Relations and Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy. Students will take their remaining six courses from the three concentrations. A total of thirty credits are required for the degree. Students may take up to six credits outside the department to enroll in courses related to their field of study.

Students interested in the content of specific courses, the nature of assignments and pedagogy of our faculty are invited to click on the various course numbers under "Additional Resources" in the right hand column. The course numbers are linked to the courses' syllabi and provide students with more detailed information of what to expect in our graduate seminars.

The oral comprehensive exam tests the student’s knowledge of course specifics and general themes in political science. Prior to the exam, the student submits to the graduate director a portfolio containing an abstract of each paper written while in the program, a list of courses taken, and at least five discussion questions which may be used during the exam at the discretion of the evaluation committee.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 16, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
2 - 6 years
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720 USD
Start date Aug. 2017
USA Villanova, Pennsylvania
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Duration 2 - 6 years
Price 720 USD
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