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Master of Political Science Degree

Political Science Department | SPPAIS



Fall Admission - March 1st

Spring Admission - October 1st

Graduate Assistantship Pool - March 1st

Overview of the Program

The M.A. in Political Science program provides students with an understanding of the theories and methods necessary for success in (1) research or college-level teaching in political science, (2) high school social science teaching, or (3) careers in policy analysis or administration in government or non-governmental organizations.

The undergraduate degree provides students with a broad knowledge of political science; graduate education is an opportunity for more focused study. Masters students will earn most of their credits in courses sharing a common theme, such as a subfield of the discipline (American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Public Law or Methodology), a world region, a particular policy issue area or a phase of political development.

The requirements of the degree include a set of four core classes and an additional minimum number of remaining hours that may focus in the student's area(s) of interest and should help to contribute to the basis of the thesis project. The department offers a variety coursework in several sub-fields that may be found here, and students may also choose to take courses in related fields as well.

How to Apply

Why the University of Wyoming

Our students enjoy the benefits of earning a graduate degree on a smaller campus with direct access to faculty who teach courses and the ability to build long-lasting professional relationships with their faculty chair/mentor, committee members and fellow graduate student colleagues. The Political Science Department also is able to offer Graduate Assistantship positions that provide funding for our Masters students that include tuition and fees, student insurance, and a monthly stipend, while giving them teaching experience as a part of their assistantship duties. The community of Laramie and UW offers year-round activities from concerts to farmer's markets and is a popular access point for all kinds of outdoor adventures, including climbing, hiking, fishing, and skiing.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire a specialized knowledge and understanding of politics, government, and/or public policy through a coherent program of study.
  2. Acquire a knowledge of theories and methodology necessary to evaluate conflicting arguments.
  3. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

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