- Graduate Programs
- Master of Arts in Political Science
- Why a SLU MA?
- Career Opportunities
- Who should apply?
- American Politics
- Public Policy
- International Affairs
- Gender and Politics
- Political Theory
- Capstone Project
- Cognate Field
- Master of Public Administration
- The Dual M.P.A./M.A. in Political Science Program
- Dual J.D./M.A. in Political Science
- Dual J.D./M.P.A
- Dual M.S.W./M.P.A
- Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy
- Global and Local Social Justice Minor
- How to apply
- Paying for graduate school
- Forms and Procedures
Requirements for the Public Law track
The Public Law track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Core courses - 9 hrs.
- POLS 510 Seminar in American Politics
- POLS 670 American Political Thought
Research methods - 6 hrs.
- POLS 501 Cultural Methods: Gender, Politics, and Power
- POLS 502 Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Other required courses - 6 hrs. Two of the following:
- POLS 530 Administrative Law
- POLS 580 Theories of Constitutional Interpretation
- POLS 593 Law and Social Change
Political Science electives
- 6-12 hours of electives, depending on capstone choice
Capstone - select one option - 0-6 hrs.
- MA Thesis (6 hrs.)
- Internship (6 hrs.)
- Professional paper (0 hrs.)
- Comprehensive exam (0 hrs.)
All students must complete a total of 30 credit hours for the M.A. degree. Students who select a capstone option involving less than 6 credit hours will take additional courses to bring the total to 30 hours.
No more than 12 hours of the M.A. may be taken outside the Political Science department; no more than 6 hours may be taken at the 400-level; and no more than 6 hours may be independent study classes or internships.
Some classes have prerequisites. Depending on their undergraduate programs, students may be required to take specific undergraduate classes prior to enrolling in graduate classes.
Exceptions will be allowed only with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies for the department.