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Dept. of Political Science

Master of Arts

A growing number of professional and administrative careers require a master’s degree, and the Department of Political Science offers students two graduate degree options: an MA and a five-year BA/MA. Both are designed to prepare students for professional development through a mix of academic training and the teaching of valuable research and study skills. Classes are small, and offer plenty of faculty-student interaction, the programs are designed to meet the needs of students working full-time, and the five-year BA/MA offers the possibility of completing both a BA and an MA in the same time that it can sometimes take to complete a BA alone.

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What are the admission requirements?

A GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution, scores of 145 on the verbal and quantative elements of the GRE and 4.5 on the analytical writing element, and three letters of support.

How many credit hours are required for the MA?

33. This is made up of 12 hours in required courses, 6 hours of thesis, up to 6 hours of internship credit, and the balance in electives.

Can I transfer credits from another program?

Yes - up to nine hours.

Can I take courses outside the department?

Yes - up to six hours, as long as they relate to political science.

Can I take the program part-time? 

Definitely, and in fact the program is designed for part-time students, with all courses offered in the evening (Monday through Thursday in the fall and spring semesters).

How long does it take to complete the MA?

It is possible, working full-time, to complete it in one year, but two years is more usual. There is a five-year maximum allowed by the university.

Is there a deadline for admission applications?

No, we accept them on a rolling basis, up to two weeks before the beginning of the semester in which you plan to start.

Can I start the program in either semester?

We prefer that you start in the fall, but spring starts are also possible.

How much does the program cost? 

You can find information on tuition costs at Costs and Finances.

Is there funding support available? 

The Department has limited funding available for students to work with faculty as graduate assistants, but there are also many scholarships available throught the university. Visit Scholarship Central for more information.

Please direct all questions about the program to:

Dr. John McCormick
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis IN 46202
Tel: 317-274 4066