Master of Arts
A growing number of professional and administrative careers require a master’s degree, and the Department of Political Science offers students three graduate degree options: a general politics MA track, a state and local politics MA track, and a five-year BA/MA. All three 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.
Click on the following links for more details:
- General politics track
- State and local politics track
- Five-year BA/MA
- The MA thesis
- What can you do with a political science MA?
- Past and current MA students
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 for the state and local track, and the balance in electives.
Can I transfer credits from another program?
Yes - up to nine hours.
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.
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.
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