MA Writing Options

Writing Requirement Options:   Candidates for the MA in Political Science are required to complete a substantial writing/research project. Students may choose, in consultation with the MA Director and their supervisory committee, one of three programs leading to the Master of Arts degree:

  • Option A: Thesis. This option requires 30 hours of graduate credit including 6 hours of credit for a thesis. Of the remaining 24 hours, at least 18 hours must be in political science.
  • Option B: Report. This option requires 30 hours of graduate credit, including two hours of credit for a written research report. Of the remaining 28 hours, at least 19 hours must be in political science.
  • Option C: Non-Thesis/Report. This option requires 30 hours of graduate credit in political science which will include the four required 800-level seminars. In addition, students in this option should write four research papers in conjunction with the field seminars acceptable to the professors involved. The four papers should be turned in to the major professor/chair or the student’s supervisory committee.