Graduate Program in Political Science
The Division of Political Science offers a graduate curriculum leading to the master of arts (M.A.) and master of science (M.S.) degrees. The master’s program has a strong academic orientation. Through an immersion in political science scholarship, student are prepared for careers in the public or private sector that call for analytical acumen and clarity in written and oral communication. The Division is especially interested in attracting graduate students who plan to pursue doctoral or law degrees after finishing with their master’s degree in political science.
Graduate students may develop an expertise in any of a number of subject areas within the discipline: political theory and philosophy, American political institutions and behavior, comparative politics, regional studies, international relations and organization, public law, media and public opinion, and political economy.
The information on this website provides an overview of the master’s program in political science. More detailed information may be found in Master's Program in Political Science: Frequently Asked Questions. Rules and procedures that apply to graduate study at PSU are described in the PSU Bulletin (see pp. 57-68).
Professor Chris Shortell is Chair of the Division's Graduate Committee.