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M.A. in Political Science

The Department of Political Science at the University of Florida offers several M.A. programs designed to address a variety of interests and career goals.  Students who pursue the M.A. in Political Science are permitted, but not required, to pursue a companion certificate program in Public Affairs or Political Campaigning. We also offer the M.A. in International Relations.

All MA students are required to complete

  • POS 6736 Conduct of Inquiry (offered in the fall)
  • POS 6737 Political Data Analysis (offered in the Spring)

Additional requirements for each program are included in the descriptions below and on the separate webpages.

Satisfactory Progress in the M.A. Program

The Department will dismiss from the M.A. program students not making satisfactory progress toward the degree. The grounds for dismissal include the following:

  • A graduate GPA of less than 3.25 for more than one semester.
  • Two grades less than “B-” (either in the same semester or in different semesters).
  • A judgment supported by a majority of the supervisory committee including the Chair of the Committee meeting in the “final examination” for the MA program in question that the student’s performance is unacceptable. What constitutes the “final examination” differs between degrees (i.e., M.A. in Political Science versus M.A. in International Relations) and among programs (general M.A. in Political Science, Certificate in Political Campaigning, and Certificate in Public Affairs).

 

Master of Arts in Political Science (general program)
Designed for The M.A. program introduces students to the research methods of political science and to the research traditions in its various fields. Some students who complete the M.A. apply for admission to the PhD program either at UF or elsewhere.
Semester Hours Required 36
Required courses Must include a minimum of two graduate-level courses in one field of political science. The fields are American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Methodology, and Political Theory.
Internship? Optional, but not common
Thesis option? Yes
Capstone / Final Examination requirement Thesis option – defense of a thesis
Non-thesis option – submission and defense of two qualifying papers.
Available for BA/MA combined program? Yes
Available for JD/MA joint program? Yes
Application deadline March 15 (hard deadline)
Eligible for Academic Common Market? No
Program Website https://polisci.ufl.edu/graduate/ma-programs/m-a-in-political-science-general-program/
Faculty contact Dr. Michael Martinez

Graduate Coordinator

martinez@ufl.edu

phone (352) 273-2363

 

Master of Arts in International Relations
Designed for The M.A. in International Relations program provides education those whose primary interest is a professional career in foreign relations in either the public or private sector. The program does not offer narrow, specialized training in policy making; it is rather designed to broaden students’ intellectual horizons by introducing them to a variety of conceptual perspectives on international relations and to a variety of substantive international issues.
Semester Hours Required 36
Required courses INR 6607 (International Relations Theory)

At least two (2) of the following survey seminars:

INR 6039 (International Political Economy)

INR 6337 (Survey of International Security)

INR 6305 (Politics of American For. Policy Making)

INR 6507 (International Organization)

 

Internship? Optional, but not common
Thesis option? Yes
Capstone / Final Examination requirement Thesis option – defense of a thesis
Non-thesis option – Comprehensive final exam – written and oral components given in November (Fall) and April (Spring)
Available for BA/MA combined program? No
Available for JD/MA joint program? No
Application deadline March 15 (hard deadline)
Eligible for Academic Common Market? No
Program Website https://polisci.ufl.edu/graduate/ma-programs/ma-in-international-relations/
Faculty contact Dr. Badredine Arfi

Field Chair, International Relations

barfi@ufl.edu

phone (352) 273-2357

 

Master of Arts in Political Science with Certificate in Political Campaigning
Designed for The Graduate Program in Political Campaigning is designed to provide students with the basic skills, insights, and experiences that are so critical for success in today’s ever-changing profession of politics and political management. Unlike other programs that prepare students for a career in politics, this program combines the best of both academic study and practical experience.
Semester Hours Required 39
Required courses POS6207 Political Behavior

POS6274 Political Campaigning

POS6278 Advanced Campaign Strategy

POS6757 Survey Research

POS6453 Political Parties and Interest Groups

PAD6946 Internship

POS6933 Lobbying

Internship? Required, usually completed in the summer between the academic years
Thesis option? No
Capstone / Final Examination requirement Comprehensive final exam – written and oral components given in November (Fall) and April (Spring)
Available for BA/MA combined program? Yes
Available for JD/MA joint program? Yes
Application deadline March 15; late applications accepted if space is available
Eligible for Academic Common Market? Yes
Program Website https://campaigning.polisci.ufl.edu/about/courses/
Faculty contact Dr. Stephen Craig

Program Director

sccraig@ufl.edu

phone (352) 273-2377

 

Master of Arts in Political Science with Certificate in Public Affairs
Designed for As politics in America becomes even more partisan, there is a need for public servants who can take a more objective, non-partisan and balanced perspective to the problems and possible solutions confronted by the American people. The Public Affairs Program is designed to meet that critical need.
Semester Hours Required 42
Required courses PAD 6108 Public Administration Theory

PUP 6007 Policy Process

PAD 6227 Public Budgeting and Finance

PUP 6009 Public Policy Analysis

PAD 6434 Leadership and Ethics

PUP 6006 Policy Evaluation

PAD 6946 Internship

One of the following seminars:

POS 6157 Community Analysis

POS 6146 Urban Politics

POS 6476 Bureaucratic Politics

POS 6127 State Govt and Politics

POS 6933 Intergovernmental Relations

PUP 6315 Race, Gender, and Politics

Internship? Required, usually completed in the summer between the academic years
Thesis option? No
Capstone / Final Examination requirement Submission and defense of a Management/Policy Paper, which is designed to pull broadly from the analytical and substantive expertise that they have acquired during their course work in the program.
Available for BA/MA combined program? Yes
Available for JD/MA joint program? Yes
Application deadline March 15; late applications accepted if space is available
Eligible for Academic Common Market? No
Program Website https://publicaffairs.polisci.ufl.edu/
Faculty contact Dr. Suzanne Robbins

Program Director

suzanne.robbins@ufl.edu

phone (352) 273-2381