The department offers a Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs, an accelerated B.A./M.A., a J.D./M.A. in Political Science, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy. In collaboration with other departments, we offer a graduate certificate in Global and Local Social Justice.
Master of Arts. The M.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs allows academically talented students to advance their knowledge and analytical skills by focusing on an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented area of concentration within the broad field of political science. Students may choose to specialize in American Politics (two different tracks), Public Policy and Administration, International Affairs (two tracks), Gender and Politics, or Political Theory. For students who already have undergraduate degrees, the program will normally take three to four semesters of full-time study. The concentration in Public Policy and Administration replaces our previous M.P.A. degree and offers that same practice-oriented preparation for jobs in local and national government, non-profits, and the private sector.
Accelerated B.A./M.A. SLU undergraduate political science majors with a GPA of at least 3.4 may apply during their junior year for admission to an accelerated B.A./M.A. program. The accelerated B.A./M.A. in Political Science allows SLU undergraduate political science majors to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in five years.
J.D./M.A. in Political Science and Public Affairs Dual Degree. This dual-degree program provides skills and knowledge in the social sciences and law in order to enhance the application of legal knowledge and social science research skills to a broad array of issues.
Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy. This interdisciplinary Ph.D. prepares students to tack some of the biggest problems of our time by building multiple disciplinary perspectives, advanced methodological skills, and the ability to conduct original research in an academic or applied setting.
Graduate Certificate in Global and Local Social Justice. The Department collaborates with the departments of American Studies, Public Policy Studies, Sociology and Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Work to provide a graduate certificate in Global and Local Social Justice. This certificate is designed for students who desire to serve their communities and the world and who are attracted by the opportunity to think rigorously about the nature of justice and the ways social and political systems embody that value.
Interim Coordinator of the Graduate Program: Dr. Ruth Groff
Office: McGannon Hall, Room 148
Co-Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy: Dr. J. D. Bowen
Office: McGannon Hall, Room 149