Most students will complete course work in five or six semesters, take exams, and spend one to two years on the dissertation.
In addition to course work, graduate students are required to serve as teaching assistants for at least two semesters. The department has regular teaching colloquia designed to help students learn to teach. Some of the advanced graduate students are given the opportunity to teach their own courses.
The Political Science department has no M.A. program as such, and students seeking only a master's degree will typically not be admitted. However, the Master of Arts degree is earned as a student progresses toward the Ph.D. The M.A. requires 30 semester hours of course work, all of which must be taken at the graduate level, and the completion of two research papers in seminars taken over the course of study.
For detailed information on requirements for the Ph.D. degree, read our Graduate Program Rules.
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