Masters in Political Science

"The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. " Aristotle

Masters in Political Science

The Department of Government offers the Master of Arts in Political Science with three areas of concentration- Political Science, Public Administration, and Security and Diplomacy. The 33-semester hour Political Science program is designed for students interested in international relations, comparative politics, and public policy. Open to all students, the program is affiliated with a consortium formed by the U.S. Navy and several civilian graduate schools. Students may transfer up to 15 credits from one member of the consortium to another. The program at The University of West Florida consists of 33 sh. There is a
thesis and a non-thesis option. Either option requires completion of a 21 sh core, with a
grade of B or better in every core course. 

The non-thesis option is capped with a comprehensive examination, both written and oral. The purpose of the examination is to help the student synthesize knowledge from different courses into a coherent whole. The thesis option requires a minimum of 6 sh devoted to a thesis. The thesis defense includes a discussion of how the study fits in the field of Political Science. In effect, the thesis defense substitutes for the comprehensive examination.

Whatever the option chosen by the student, with the approval of the advisor, up to 9 sh of electives may be taken outside political science. Also with the approval of the advisor, students may enroll in an undergraduate course for graduate credit to learn the fundamentals of a field study and in a directed readings course to explore in greater depth an area of interest in Political Science. These options, however, are limited by university rules (see Master’s requirements).