The M.A. is a 30 hour program. Students who enter the accelerated B.A./M.A. program take six of these hours (two graduate classes) in their senior year that count toward both the B.A. and M.A. requirements. There are a total of eight possible tracks - three in American Politics, three in International Affairs, one in Gender and Politics and one in Political Theory:
American Politics concentration. Students can choose from a general American politics track that is appropriate for many students, including those interested in further academic study of American politics, and two more career-oriented tracks, one in Polling, Campaigns and Elections, and the other in Public Law.
International Affairs concentration. Students can choose from a general International Affairs track, a track that focuses on Security and Cooperation, and a Foreign Service track.
Gender and Politics concentration. This concentration explores the social and political ramifications of gender in U.S. and world politics.
Political Theory concentration. This concentration provides substantive grounding in the history of Western political thought, as well as the opportunity to explore issues in contemporary political theory and philosophy.
Each student works out a curriculum plan for his or her area of concentration and a capstone project in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Students may elect to take some of their coursework in a cognate field.