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)

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

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts

You may enter this program only in the summer term; 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. Please note that this program begins in July.

Requirements: Master of Arts

The Master of Art in Political Science at Miami University is a terminal degree for students intending to pursue careers in politics at all levels of governance and in nongovernmental organizations. The MA program is designed to equip students with the analytical skills and substantive knowledge necessary for engaging in applied politics, public affairs, and public policy study. Students in the MA program are exposed to the discipline of political science, specifically focusing on how political science theories underpin the systematic study of the behavior of political actors and processes in the American context and globally. Special emphasis is placed on developing the student’s understanding of the frameworks for active participation in governance, issue advocacy, law and legal affairs, and public policy research, while developing the research, analytical and writing skills essential for public leaders.

32 graduate hours required, including:

All of these core courses:

POL 601 Foundations of Political Analysis (3)

POL 602 Research and Writing for Political Scientists (2)

POL 603 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (2)

POL 604 Public Policy Research (2)

POL 605 Writing Workshop for Final Project for Master’s Degree (1)

POL 606 Final Project for Master’s Degree (4)


A minimum 9 hours of political science graduate course work in one of the following groups: (1) American Political System/Political Theory, (2) Comparative Political Systems/International Relations, or (3) Public Administration and Policy Analysis.


A minimum 9 hours of political science graduate course work outside the concentration. This may include up to 6 hours of graduate course work from outside the department with the approval of the graduate studies committee. Previous work or internship experience may count up to 6 hours with the approval of the graduate studies committee.

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