College of Liberal Arts: Department of Political Science: Degrees: Master of Arts in Political Science

Master's Degree in Political Science

University of Central Oklahoma

The Master of Arts in Political Science is a flexible, yet comprehensive, program designed to provide students with advanced preparation in political science and, depending on the program, in related fields in the social sciences. Options are offered in International Affairs, Public Administration, and General Political Science. The General and International Affairs options can be undertaken during the day or evening, while the Public Administration option is expressly designed as an evening program for working adults.

The Department of Political Science has approximately 200 students enrolled in undergraduate majors and an additional 20 in its Master's program. Graduate courses are generally small in size and are taught by both full-time faculty and professionals in the various fields of study.

POLITICAL SCIENCE CURRICULUM

Students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate-level work, including a minimum of 18 hours in political science. Students may take course work in other disciplines as appropriate to their individual interests and program of study. In completing the required 36 graduate hours, students must satisfy the requirements for the Common Core, Research Component, and Option of their choice, as indicated below.

GENERAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CURRICULUM (download the Plan of Study)

I. Common Core........................................................................................................... 12 hours

These are the courses the Department believes that all students should have and thus, in numerous programs across the country you will find these same courses. These classes are graduate-only, are offered solely at night (7:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. one night per week, or 5:45 to 7 p.m. two nights a week), and tend to be seminar-based as opposed to lecture-based. These courses should be taken as early as possible in the graduate program and are required, so students should make sure to take them when offered.

POL 5023 Scope of the Discpline POL 5033 Research Methods POL 5153 American Politics POL 5813 Political Philosophy

II. Option Requirements..........................................................................18 hours

Students will select from one of the following options:

General Political Science option

This option is designed to enable students to achieve competence in the professional practice of political science -- teaching, research, and related activities -- through a program of study in which they acquire appropriate analytical skills, a general knowledge of the discipline, and more specific knowledge of selected subfields.

Required Courses................................................................................................. 6 hours

(Two of the following:)

POL 5223 The Presidency POL 5253 The Congress POL 5263 Judicial Process POL 5603 Theories of International Relations POL 5703 Theories of Comparative Politics POL 5913 Seminar in Political Science

Electives............................................................................................................. 12 hours

International Affairs option

This option is designed for students who desire to focus their graduate study in international and comparative politics. Students may choose to concentrate in either international political economy or foreign policy and security studies.

Required Courses................................................................................................. 6 hours

POL 5603 Theories of International Relations POL 5703 Theories of Comparative Politics

Electives............................................................................................................. 12 hours

III. Subject Area Competency Examination Component

The student will pass a Subject Area Competency Examination in one of the following subject areas:

The exams will consist of three essay questions chosen from a list of four. Students will have 3 ½ hours to complete the exam, or approximately one-hour per question and one-half hour to organize thoughts. Prior to taking the exam, students should pick up the list of readings from which the exam will be taken in the Political Science Department office. Examinations will be administered once per semester, on a schedule determined by the Graduate Advisor. The exam date will be posted at the beginning of the semester, and the student will need to notify the graduate advisor in writing one week prior to the exam date which exam will be taken. Students may re-take an exam only once and only upon approval by the Graduate Advisor.

IV. Research Component................................................................................................ 6 hours

The student will fulfill the following requirement, in consultation with the faculty advisor:

POL 5990 Thesis 6 hours

The thesis must be publicly defended at a time arranged by the chair of the student's thesis committee.

V. Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Political Science Program:

Students seeking an M.A. in Political Science must fulfill the following requirements before they will be formally admitted to the program:

A. Apply for admission to the Jackson College of Graduate Studies & Research, Room 404, NUC. See page 23.

Note: No student will be admitted to this program or to the Jackson College of Graduate Studies & Research who does not meet the program admission standards.

B. Meet the GPA requirement of 2.75 overall, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours attempted.

C. Meet with the graduate advisor, who will complete a "Recommendation for Admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research" form for qualified students. Upon receipt of the completed recommendation form, the CGS&R will admit the student for graduate studies.

D. The student and the graduate advisor will work out a formal plan of study during the student's first semester of graduate work. A signed, completed copy of this plan of study must be filed with the advisor and the CGS&R by the end of the second semester.

E. Complete all prerequisites, if any, as determined by the graduate advisor.

F. Complete 18 hours of undergraduate Political Science courses and/or related social science disciplines. The suitability of courses other than political science is decided by the advisor.

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement as listed above, but meet ALL other requirements, can apply to the Graduate College under its conditional admittance program. Students begin this program as non-degree seeking students, under which they can take a maximum of 9 graduate hours that will apply toward their degrees. If students admitted under this program complete 9 hours of graduate level work in required courses in two sequential semesters with a GPA of 3.5 or better, they will then be admitted as a regular degree-seeking graduate student in the department.

Political Science Graduate Advisor - Dr. Jan Hardt, 974-5840, FAX: 405-974-3823, E-mail: jhardt@uco.edu, Department of Political Science, 100 N. University Drive, Campus Box 182, UCO, Edmond, OK 73034-5209


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