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¿Qué aprenderé?

The Department of Political Science offers graduate work leading to M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science degrees. The department endeavors to accommodate the special and general interests of students through a broad curriculum, individualized programs, and varied teaching and research assistantships. The department takes a personal interest in its students throughout their period of enrollment and assists them in finding satisfying professional employment upon graduation. Graduates now hold academic appointments in 60 American universities and colleges and more than a dozen foreign institutions of higher education. The professional interests of the faculty range across most fields of political science, and have resulted in significant scholarly publications and presentations at professional meetings.

Provisions of this publication are supplemented by policies made explicit in the regulations and procedures of the graduate studies program of the Department of Political Science and made available to all graduate students.

Course Work

The Director of Graduate Studies serves as advisor to each M.A. in Political Science student until an advisory committee has been selected by the student with the approval of the director, normally no later than the middle of the student’s first semester in residence. The advisory committee must approve the student’s program. Each candidate for the M.A. in Political Science degree must complete six credit hours for research tools and methods requirements (POLS 500A and POLS 500B), a one credit hour pre-professional requirement (POLS 593), and six credit hours of two pro-seminars. No more than nine credit hours of elective coursework may be taken at the 400 level. A maximum of nine credit hours from courses offered by other departments will count toward the M.A. in Political Science degree.

Program of Study

Pre-Professional Preparation - 1 credit hour

Research Tools and Methods - 6 credit hours

Pro-Seminars (2) - 6 credit hours

Elective Coursework - 14 credit hours

Research Paper - 3 credit hours

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Liberal Arts

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (30 horas de crédito)

Costos de estudio
US$30.000,00 por año
This fee is for 2021 and it may, subject to change in the coming year
Fecha de inicio

22 Agosto 2022


College of Liberal Arts

Southern Illinois University,



62901, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Applicants must have completed 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of bachelor’s coursework; 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average).

Para estudiantes internacionales

The department will ordinarily accept as candidates for the M.A. in Political Science degree only those applicants who (1) have graduated from an accredited four year college or university; (2) have completed four or more courses in social science, humanities, or related disciplines; (3) have a 2.7 (4-point scale) overall grade point average or, alternatively, have a 2.9 overall grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate work; and (4) have a 3.0 average in government or political science.

The English language requirement may be met by submitting: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the internet-based TOEFL; 6.5 on the IELTS; 5.0 on the iTep Academic Plus Exam; C1 required on the Cambridge English Exam.

Deadlines: Fall - January 15.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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