The department offers a Master of Arts in Political Science, an accelerated B.A./M.A., a Master of Public Administration, and a dual degree M.P.A./M.A. in Political Science and M.P.A./J.D. 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 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 can choose from eight tracks, three in the area of American Politics, three in International Affairs, Gender and Politics, and Political Theory. For students who already have undergraduate degrees, the program will normally take three to four semesters of full-time study.
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.
Master of Public Administration. The M.P.A is designed to provide graduates with proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the ability to lead effectively in public service and non-profit sectors.
M.P.A./M.A. Dual Degree. This dual-degree program is designed for students who want a professional public administration degree and who seek additional expertise in political science in order to enhance their career opportunities.
M.P.A./J.D. Dual Degree. This dual-degree program is for students who want the flexible training and skills to work in the area where policy becomes law and to better understand how law shapes policy.
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.
Public Policy Studies Ph.D.
Director of the Graduate Program: Dr. J.D. Bowen
Office: McGannon Hall, Room 149
Director of the M.P.A. Program: Dr. James Gilsinan
Office: McGannon Hall, Room 133