The Master of Arts in Political Science degree program at Stony Brook University focuses on the psychology of public opinion, attitude change, and political behavior. The program builds on our successful, internationally renowned PhD program in political psychology. The M.A. degree program teaches advanced skills in political psychology, public opinion, and political attitudes. The Political Science M.A. program will introduce students to theories that help to make sense of public attitudes and behavior, familiarize them with core research on the dynamics of attitudes and opinions, and provide them with first-hand experience on the major research methods used to study the dynamics of public opinion and behavior. Students in the M.A. program will gain direct exposure to major research methods in political psychology through the department’s two political psychology labs as well as the Center for Survey Research, which is housed in the department. The program may be completed in a calendar year by full-time students and within 2 years by students who select a part-time schedule.
Stony Brook's highly regarded Department of Political Science offers M.A. program students a first rate instructional faculty. These faculty members include internationally recognized scholars in the fields of political psychology, public opinion, and political behavior who have all published extensively on these topics. M.A. program faculty members include Professors Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy, and Charles Taber, who were co-editors of the international journal Political Psychology. Professors Huddy and Feldman area recent presidents of the International Society of Political Psychology. Professor Huddy's research focuses on intergroup relations, prejudice, and emotions. Professor Feldman has published on the role of values and personality in politics, prejudice and intolerance, and emotion. Professor Gallya Lahav is an expert on immigration attitudes and policies, especially in Western Europe. Professor Helmut Norpoth has published extensively on voting behavior in the U.S. and Europe. Professor Jennifer Jerit studies public opinion, political psychology, and political communication. Professor Jason Barabas is an expert on experimental methods and the relationship between public opinion and public policy. Professor Peter DeScioli's research focuses on the role of morality and cooperation in politics.
The M.A. program is designed to benefit students with diverse interests and career goals. It will help to prepare students who wish to enter a PhD program in political science, communications, or social psychology. A number of our M.A. students have been admitted to top ranked PhD programs. It will also benefit students interested in the fields of political campaigns, public relations, media, polling, or who work for federal or local legislators or not-for–profit organizations. Courses in the program will illuminate the techniques that can be used to mobilize support for a specific political candidate, build support for a particular issue position, or alter public behavior such as electricity usage or the purchase of more energy efficient appliances.
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International Student Requirements:
If your native or primary language is not English, you must take an English proficiency test. To be considered for admission, an applicant must present an acceptable score on the TOEFL or IELTS test.
Additional financial documentation including a certificate of eligibility and bank statements will also be required by the Visa and Immigration Services Office for various visa types.