M.A. in Professional Politics

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Applications are now being accepted. The application deadline for the M.A. has been extended to April 15, 2019. Review of early submitted applications begins February 15, 2019.

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Program Overview

The Political Science Department at Georgia State University offers an M.A. concentration in Professional Politics which can be completed fully online, fully in-person, or with a mix of the two.

  • Degree can be completed during six seven-week minimesters, extending just 15 months.
  • All courses are taught by full-time faculty and emphasize interaction among students and professors.

This concentration provides the professional skills needed by those pursuing career paths in public service and politics. It is offered as a terminal degree with a non-thesis option and can be undertaken in a traditional classroom setting, fully online, or hybridized.  The structure of the degree is as follows:

  1. Required Core Courses (12):
    a. POLS 6800 Research Design and Applied Data Analysis (3)
    b. POLS 6100 Seminar in American Politics (3)
    c. Select one course:

    • POLS 8110 State Politics (3)
    • POLS 6158 Campaign Organization and Management (3)
    • POLS 6139 Interbranch Politics (3)

    d. Select one course:

    • POLS 6200 Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
    • POLS 6400 Seminar in International Politics (3)
      Necessary substitutions can be made with the advance permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  2. Students should take four additional graduate Political Science courses (12 hours) selected to strengthen their knowledge of practice areas related to their professional goals.Man sits at a park bench, reading
  3. Experiential Learning Project (6 hours) – Students must complete one experiential learning project for 6 credit hours; students may choose to find an internship with an organization or political campaign or create another experiential learning project related to their main practice area. All experiential learning projects must receive the advance permission of the Director of Graduate Studies before students will be allowed to register for POLS 8995 Administrative and Policy Internship hours. Students may choose to take an additional 3 hours of experiential learning as a substitute for one graduate course, with the advance permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  4. Up to two courses (6 hours) in departments outside of Political Science may be used if relevant and with advance permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  5. A non-thesis research paper completed according to departmental guidelines is required. Students interested in completing a thesis may substitute it for six hours of course or experiential learning credit, with the advance permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.