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Master’s Degree in Political Science  

 

The Department of Political Science offers a Master’s Degree in Political Science. The program provides students with the critical-thinking and writing skills required for civic engagement in a democratic society and enables them to pursue careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors or to pursue doctoral study in political science, law, public service and administration, criminal justice, non-profit administration, global politics, and international relations.  The MA Program includes opportunities for internships related to domestic and international politics. Because most of the students in the political science program are part time and employed, courses are offered in the evening, meeting once a week. Schedules for each semester become available two to three months before the start of classes.

Master of Arts in Political Science (30 credits)

 

Students may attain the MA by completing the requirements for a Specialization in 1) The American Political System or 2) International Relations.

A Specialization in The American Political System focuses on American politics and public policy and U.S. urban politics and public administration.

A Specialization in International Relations focuses on global and international politics, international political economy, and comparative politics. 

Courses are also regularly offered in political theory, constitutional law, comparative politics, and research methodology.  Students may complete the Concentration in Women and Gender Studies in conjunction with the Master’s degree.

 

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts

 

Students in the School of Law-Newark may take a concurrent Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in political science that allows up to 12 credits in relevant law courses to be applied toward the 30 credits required for the master's degree.

 

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Specialization in The American Political System

Requirements:

Core Courses (9 credits)

26:790:501. Policy Making in the American Political System

26:790:608. American Political Thought

26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis OR 26:790:512. Ethical Issues in Public Policy and Administration

 

Methodology (3 credits)

26:790:533. Research Methods in Political Science OR  26:790:536. Advanced Research Methods in Political Science

 

Concentration (12 credits from the list below)

26:790:502. Problems of American Government  (courses include Race, Ethnicity & U.S. Politics, Social Movements in American Politics)

26:790:504. Comparative Public Policy

26:790:505,506. Contemporary Constitutional Issues

26:790:509. Introduction to Public Administration

26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis

26:790:511. Contemporary Political Theory

(courses include Comparative Social Movements, Becoming American: Identity & Assimilation, Democracy and Citizenship in a Global Era)                                         

26:790:512. Ethical Issues in Public Policy and Administration

26:790:515. Urban Government and Politics

26:790:516. Urban Public Policy

26:790:518. Topics in Political Theory (courses include Modern Political Terrorism, Politics, History, and the Arts,  Liberalism, Religion, and Toleration)

26:790:529. Science, Technology, and Public Policy

26:790:530. Environmental Politics and Policy

26:790:539. Gender, Politics, and Policy in the United States

26:790:569. American Foreign Policy

26:790:570. Problems of Public Policy

26:790:571. U.S. Politics & Policy

26:790:574: Internship in Political Science

 

Additional Electives (6 credits)

Two additional courses in Politics and International Studies. Courses may also taken from related disciplines (such as History, Global Affairs, and others), subject to the graduate program director’s approval.

 

Specialization in International Relations

Requirements:

Core Courses (9 credits)

26:790:521. Theories of Global Politics

26:790:541. International Political Economy

26:790:569. American Foreign Policy OR   26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis

 

Methodology (3 credits)

26:790:533. Research Methods in Political Science OR    26:790:536. Advanced Research Methods in Political Science

 

Concentration (12 credits from the list below)

26:790:504. Comparative Public Policy

26:790:510. Public Policy Analysis

26:790:511. Contemporary Political Theory (courses include Democracy and Citizenship in a Global Era)

26:790:513. Ethics and Global Politics

26:790:518. Topics in Political Theory (courses include Modern Political Terrorism; Politics, History and the Arts; Peace and War Since 1900; Liberalism, Religion, and  Toleration)

26:790:537. Global Governance

26:790:538. Global Environmental Issues

26:790:540. Gender and Global Politics

26:790:542. Topics in Recent International Relations (courses include Evolution of the Global System; Strategic Nonviolent Conflict; US Security Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa)

26:790:543, 544. Problems of Comparative Politics  (courses include Social Movements and Globalization; Comparative Social Movements)

26:790:569. American Foreign Policy

26:790:574: Internship in Political Science

 

Additional electives (6 credits)

Two additional courses in Politics and International Studies. Courses may also taken from related disciplines (such as History, Global Affairs, and others), subject to the graduate program director’s approval.

 

Comprehensive Examination or Master’s Thesis

 

The Comprehensive Exam is a take-home essay exam taken in the student’s final semester.  The Master’s Thesis option consists of two consecutive semesters of thesis credits (3 credits each semester), which count toward the 30 credits required for the degree.

 

Graduate Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (12 credits)

 

Students in either specialization may also complete the Graduate Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. Developing analytical skills regarding gender relations at the graduate level helps students to address intellectual questions that are central to many areas of inquiry in political science and international studies. Students with interests in women and gender may focus their graduate work in this area through the Concentration.

Requirements:

Core courses (6 credits)

26: 988: 532 History and Theory of Women’s/Gender Studies (Fall semester)

26: 988: 570 Feminist Research and Methods (Spring semester)

 

Politics and International Studies electives (6 credits)

Two courses cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies

These could include courses such as: Gender and Global Politics; Gender, Politics, and Policy in the United States; Feminist Political Thought