Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Arts in Political Science


Granada Center

1032 W. Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60660

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Political Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Political Science offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science with a specialization in Global Politics, which includes the two core areas of Comparative Politics and International Relations and the four elective areas of Comparative Social Policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Governance, and Political Development. In cooperation with Loyola’s School of Law, the Department also offers a dual MA/JD degree. Additionally, undergraduate majors in the Department are eligible to apply for the five-year BA/MA program. The Department's goal is to offer students a personalized education within a distinctive graduate program.

The Department of Political Science offers graduate courses in a number of fields and subfields. Most classes are conducted in a seminar form. Specific attention is given to the individual needs of the students. All graduate classes are conducted by full-time members of the department. All graduate students receive extensive methodological training as well as a rounded exposure to political science, including courses in comparative politics and international relations, as well as courses in American politics and political theory.

To graduate with an MA in Political Science students must complete 30 hours of course work (10 courses) in the Department of Political Science.  Students are required to take 3 methods courses (PLSC 401, 475, and 476) and a combination of courses in the subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.  Students must take MA comprehensive exams.  They may also write an optional MA thesis, which substitutes for 2 courses (6 hours of credit).


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: GRE general test. Loyola's school code is 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: None Prerequisite Requirements: Completion of at least 24 semester hours of undergraduate course work in political science or related fields.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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