Political Science- Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Doctor of Philosophy

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies*
Department of Political Science
218 Harrison Hall (513-529-2000)
www.units.miamioh.edu/politicalscience

*This program is not currently accepting applications for the Master of Arts in Teaching or the Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching

You may enter these programs only fall semester; apply by March 1. Admission requirements include: (1) at least 18 semester hours of undergraduate work in political science or at least 12 semester hours in political science and 12 in other social sciences, including a survey course in the American political system or introduction to political science; (2) at least a 3.00 (4.00 scale) grade point average (GPA) in the above undergraduate course work; (3) three letters of recommendation; (4) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores; (5) a letter or statement describing career objective and fields of interest in political science.

Doctor of Philosophy

You may enter this program in the fall or spring semester; apply by March 1. Admission requirements include: (1) a master’s degree in political science or its equivalent in course credits; (2) GPA of at least 3.20 (4.00 scale) in prior graduate work; (3) three letters of recommendation; (4) GRE general test scores; (5) a letter or statement describing career objective and fields of interest in political science.

Requirements: Master of Arts

Requirements include 32 semester hours of work with at least a 3.00 GPA, including POL 606 and an oral defense of a research tutorial project. The research tutorial project requires researching the broader literature of political science, identifying its significance to the study of political science, and responding to general questions about the research tutorial experience in a professional manner appropriate to the degree. In lieu of a research tutorial project, a master’s thesis may be written and defended. All students must obtain Human Subjects Certification.

Requirements: Master of Arts in Teaching

Requirements include 32 semester hours of work with at least a 3.00 GPA, including POL 606 and no more than six hours in education courses, and an oral defense of a research tutorial project. The research tutorial project requires researching the broader literature of political science, identifying its significance to the study of political science, and responding to general questions about the research tutorial experience in a professional manner appropriate to the degree. In lieu of a research tutorial project, a master’s thesis may be written and defended.

Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. is offered in four fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration and policy analysis.

Requirements include a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree (up to 30 may be dissertation credit) of which at least 48 must be earned at Miami University, including POL 605, 606, and 607; preparation in two fields (minor field preparation is optional); proficiency in one research tool (language or empirical analysis); satisfactory performance on a written and oral comprehensive examination in the two chosen fields; submission of an acceptable dissertation; satisfactory performance on a final oral examination (dissertation defense). All students must obtain Human Subjects Certification.

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