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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 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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Graduate Assistants

On campus graduate students can apply for a graduate assistant position with the department. Assistantships are limited and they are offered on a semester by semester bases. 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).

The Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government has two types of Assistantships: Graduate Assistant for a Faculty Member and an Internships and Events Graduate Assistant. Most Graduate Assistants are assigned to an individual faculty members and may assist the faculty member with course management and research. One Graduate Assistant serves as the Internships and Events Graduate Assistant who with the Department Chair and Advisor on the undergraduate internship program. They work with organizations and business to coordinate internship opportunities for undergraduate students. They also work with the students to make sure assignments are completed and supervisor reports are submitted. Additionally, the help the Office Administrator with event organization and preparation. Both types of Graduate Assistant also assist with the facilitation of the synchronous course delivery system for the online graduate classes. Graduate Assistant may also help 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

  • 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

June 1 October 1 March 1

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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