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Master's Degree Program

Political Science Graduate degree

The Department of Political Science at SIU provides individualized programs of study for each student’s specific career goals along with a variety of teaching and research assistantship opportunities.  Faculty members are well trained and hold vast worldly experience in all arenas of political science studies to provide superior knowledge and understanding of applicable subjects.  Courses and research are focused on religion, politics and international relations within the Middle East, the Post-Soviet region and the United States.

The political science graduate department offers a Master of Arts in Political Science for students looking to further their expertise in politics and government.  Successful graduates are equipped with a focused breadth of study to establish rewarding careers in research and higher education.

Degree Requirements

Our program boasts a well devised curriculum to provide challenging and focused training in one of three concentrations:

  • Comparative Politics and International Relations
  • Judicial Politics
  • Political Behavior

To complete a Master of Arts in political science, students must complete six hours of research tools and methods requirements courses in POLS 500A and POLS 500B as well as one hour of pre-professional requirements fulfilled by POLS 593.   
Six hours of professional seminars are required by completing two courses in one of the three concentrations offered of comparative politics and international relations, judicial politics or political behavior.  Graduate students must take 14 hours of elective coursework with no more than nine hours from courses in other departments.   
The Master of Arts degree requires the successful completion of a research paper and corresponding course hours in POLS 591.  Students must select an advisor for the research paper who is a faculty member in the department.  Following independent research and readings or a seminar in the chosen topic, the research paper must receive a passing evaluation by a faculty member other than the advisor of the seminar course.

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Admission Requirements and the Application Process

To apply for the online Ph.D. program, you will need to visit the Graduate Admissions website and apply to SIU. A statement of purpose, research statement, and resume/curriculum vitae are needed, among other requirements, to be submitted to the Political Science Doctoral Program.

Check out the program admission page for more detailed information on other requirements for this degree path.

Financial Assistance

All students admitted to the graduate program are considered for funding.

We are excited to announce a set of four-year assistantships and other for doctoral students. These assistantships will support political science doctoral students who show the greatest promise for scholarly and professional achievement.

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Contact Information

For more information about the program or to request information, contact:

J. Tobin Grant
Department Chiar

Faner Hall 3124
Phone: 618-453-3167

Dr. Stephen Bloom
Graduate Studies Director

Faner Hall 3179
Phone: 618-453-3183