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Political Science (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts degree in Political Science offers students the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of political theories, methodologies, and substantive political affairs. The program prepares students for possible careers in city, state, federal, and even international governmental organizations, as well as, non-governmental organizations, public opinion polling, campaign management, community college teaching and other related occupations. The program also provides excellent preparation for law school or doctoral studies. Students may specialize in American Government, International Politics, or Political Theory and Public Law.

Degree Requirements:

  • The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree is 36. Students without a basic foundation in statistics and/or social science research methods may be required to complete an undergraduate-level course in one of these areas before enrolling in POL 5013 Research Methods.
  • For more information about coursework, please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree with 18 credit hours in upper-division or graduate-level courses in Political Science or directly related fields in the social and/or behavioral sciences.
  • Other Degree Requirements:
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0 in Political Science courses is also required.
  • All applications are evaluated by an internal review committee to determine compliance with University and program requirements. Admission is competitive, satisfying the application requirement does not guarantee admission.

Application Requirements:

  • General University Requirements:A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • Application: A complete Graduate School application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program (at least two of these must be from a college or university professor who can discuss and evaluate specifically your academic qualifications and potential for graduate-level study).
  • Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose (roughly 500 words or two typed pages) indicating your interests and goals in studying political science.
  • Test Scores: None.
  • Other: None.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from an approved Foreign Credential Agency.
  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
  • International Applicants:
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
    • Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.

Career Options

Many of our students go onto teaching at the community college level, civil service, military service and non-profit work. 

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Andrea Aleman 
Email Address: andrea.aleman@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-4627

Degree Website: http://colfa.utsa.edu/Polisci/polisci/grad.html                                                                        

Graduate Catalog Link:http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COLFA/poldept.html#mapols

Funding Opportunities

The Department offers the Ruben Mungia Scholarship awarded to one graduate student every academic year. Applications can be found on the department website.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

The majority of courses are offered in the evening, but every semester we have at least one that is offered during the day.

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