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Political Science

School of Liberal Arts

Departmental E-mail: cabshire [at] iupui [dot] edu

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Degrees Offered

Master of Arts

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

Applications will be considered all year round. Admission re­quirements include an undergraduate major in political science, or its equivalent, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, the Graduate Record Examination, with scores of 145 in each of the verbal and quantitative elements and 4.5 in the analytical writing element, a personal state­ment and three letters of support.

Foreign Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement.


Students must maintain a 3.0 (B) grade point average, and receive minimum course grades of 2.8 (B-).

Master of Arts Degree

Course Requirements

A minimum of 33 credit hours made up of core courses, electives, and a thesis.

Core courses (12 credit hours). All students must complete the following:

  • POLS Y570 Introduction to the Study of Politics (3 cr.)
  • POLS Y580 Research Methods in Political Science (3 cr.)
  • POLS Y657 - Comparative Politics or Y669 - International Relations (3 cr.)
  • POLS Y661 - American Politics (3 cr.)

Electives ( 15 credit hours). Approved electives may be taken from any department. Approved Political Science courses currently include the following:

  • POLS Y620 State Politics (3 cr.)
  • POLS Y622 Urban Politics (3 cr.)
  • POLS Y642 Comparative Federalism (3 cr.)
  • POLS Y680 Readings in Political Science (1-6 cr.)

An internship (3-6 hours) may also be taken with a government institution, or with a body having operational ties with such an institution. Students must enroll in POLS Y881, Internship in Political Science.

Thesis  (6 hours). This should explore some aspect of politics. Students must enroll in POLS Y880, M.A. Thesis. Students are strongly advised to allow at least one year for the preparation, completion and defense of a thesis.

Final Examination

There is no final examination.

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