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Masters in Political Science

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

Program Description 

The Master of Arts in Political Science at UWF trains students to be skilled analysts of local, national, and international issues.  It is designed for students interested in the study of political behavior, government and institutions, security issues, and public policy-making, both within the United States and in other countries around the world.  The program at UWF covers the main subfields of the discipline, including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and research methods.  The program is designed as a two-year master study.  There is a thesis and a non-thesis option, which is capped with a written and oral comprehensive examination.


Program Features

Faculty, with academic and career expertise, specialize in the following areas:

  • Political behavior
  • Congress
  • Political parties
  • Institutions of government
  • Law
  • Security studies
  • Foreign policy
  • International conflict


Career Opportunities

A master's in political science is highly sought after by employers including the following:

  • Private companies
  • Market research and analytics firms
  • Civil service
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Municipal offices
  • Public office and political campaigns
  • Development agencies
  • Consulting and strategic analysis firms
  • Think tanks


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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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Graduate Assistants

Graduate students can apply for a graduate assistant position with the department. Assistantships are limited and they are offered on a semester by semester basis. Graduate assistants generally work 10 hours a week and are paid $10.25 an hour. Graduate assistants also receive a matriculation waiver for a portion of their in-state basic tuition, excluding fees. Graduate assistants paying out-of-state tuition will receive a waiver for a portion of their out-of-state tuition, excluding fees. To be eligible for an assistantship, the student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The student must be an admitted, degree-seeking student at UWF.
  • The student must be enrolled in at least 6 hours of graduate coursework during fall and spring semesters and in at least 3 hours of graduate coursework in the summer semester.
  • The student must be in good academic standing (maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA and not be on probation).

Graduate Assistants in the department typically work for a faculty and may assist with research and course management.  Opportunities may exist to network with organizations and businesses coordinating internship opportunities for undergraduate students.  Graduate Assistants may also help on a limited basis with front office duties.

To apply for a graduate assistant position with our department, please fill out the form below and email it to our Office Administrator. *Please note this is a fillable PDF form that should be filled out on a computer. (Not hand written)
Graduate Assistant Application

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

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Submission of a sample research paper 
  • Completion of Supplemental Questions on Graduate Application

Graduate School Application Deadlines

  • Fall - June 1
  • Spring - October 1
  • Summer - March 1

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