The objective of the M.A program in Political Studies is to provide an advanced level of understanding of political systems, decision-making processes, and procedures, institutions, and policies at all levels of government.
The comprehensive stream of the M.A. consists of course work, a research paper, two written comprehensive exams and an oral comprehensive exam. The thesis stream consists of coursework, a thesis and an oral examination.
The main purpose of the M.A. program is to provide students with a solid background in Political Studies, first, by ensuring that they acquire a comprehensive knowledge in at least two fields of Political Studies, and, second, by developing their ability to undertake independent research. The five fields of Political Studies covered by the Department are:
The degree is designed to prepare students to pursue further graduate work and also prepare them for careers in education, law, politics, community development, policy analysis, journalism, advocacy, management, and consulting.