- 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 of the Foreign Service track
The Foreign Service track requires 30 hours of coursework, including the following:
Core courses - 6 hours. Choose two classes from:
- POLS 5510 Democratization
- POLS 5550 State and Society
- POLS 5690 Theories of World Politics
Research methods - 6 hours
- POLS 5010 Cultural Methods: Gender, Politics, and Power
- POLS 5020 Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Other required classes - 6 hours
- POLS 5100 Seminar in American Politics
- POLS 5620 Global Diplomacy
Language requirement - 6 hours
- 6 hours of course work at the 4000 or 5000 level of the foreign language appropriate to the student's area of interest.
- Students who have already achieved this level of proficiency may take 6 hours of electives instead.
Political Science electives
- 0-12 hours of electives, depending on the capstone choice
Capstone. Choose from:
- M.A. Thesis (6 hours)
- Internship (6 hours)
- Professional paper (0 hours)
- Comprehensive exam (0 hours)
All students will 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 4000-level, and no more than 6 hours may be independent study classes or internships.
Some classes have prerequisites. Depending on their undergraduate preparation, 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.