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Masters in Political Science Online

UWF's Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government offers the Master of Arts in Political Science Online with specializations in Political Science and Security and Diplomacy.


Program Description 

The Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government offers the Master of Arts in Political Science with two areas of concentration- Political Science and Security and Diplomacy. The 33-semester hour Political Science program is designed for students interested in international relations, comparative politics, and public policy. 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 18 sh core, with a grade of B or better in 5 out of the 6 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 6 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.

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Online Program Requirements

The online program for the M.A. in Political Science is available for distance learners who live outside of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida. This is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend live lectures, during the scheduled course time, via the University's online video conferencing system for courses. Through this format, students benefit from face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty in real time while also enjoying the flexibility of online course delivery. The strengths of the online graduate program and students' success depend on these live interactions. 

Online students are required to attend classes during set hours. Students should have a flexible schedule that can accommodate the class meeting times. Online students should be fully engaged in class discussions without distractions or interference. Students are expected to dress and act professionally as though they were physically in the classroom. Students should ensure that their computer and internet connection can accommodate the video conferencing system. For more information on online student expectation and technology requirements review our Online Program Standards.

* This degree is an online degree and may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.


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Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
  • Submission of official transcripts 
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of official GRE verbal and quantitative score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score in each that ranks in the 50 percentile or better*
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Submission of a sample research paper 
  • Completion of Supplemental Questions on Graduate Application
    * Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.

Graduate School Application Deadlines

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Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government for departmental specific deadlines.


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