The M.A. degree program offers specializations in international relations, comparative government, American politics, and public policy. The program lends itself to close student-faculty working relationships, and to interdisciplinary work in fields such as environmental policy, international development, Russian studies, marine affairs, and political and social thought.
Admission is on a rolling basis. Most students are required to take the GRE test and should also submit two letters of recommendation, two copies of their official undergraduate transcript, and a personal statement. An online application is required.
IMPORTANT: all other application materials should be sent directly to the graduate director, Marc Hutchison.
Marc Hutchison, Political Science M.A. Director
Department of Political Science
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881
After the complete application is submitted, the program director makes his/her recommendation to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will, in turn, notify the student of their decision.
Students are encouraged to email the graduate director, Marc Hutchison, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions concerning their application.
All M.A. candidates are required to complete two core graduate seminars:
In addition, candidates must take at least eight additional courses at the graduate level, with no more than four of these outside the department.
Transfer credit can be requested for graduate work taken at another accredited institution of higher learning. Such credits may not exceed 20 percent of the total credits required for the student's plan of study.
Up to six non-matriculated credits in Political Science may be used to fulfill M.A. degree requirements.
To remain in good standing students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses. Students expecting to receive their M.A. degree in May must inform the secretary in the Political Science Department office no later than March 1 of the year they intend to graduate, so that they may be nominated for graduation. Students applying to receive the degree in December must do so no later than October 5.
The department offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option for the M.A. Both require a minimum of 30 credits of graduate study and the submission of two comprehensive exams, as explained above. Students intending to go on to doctoral programs are encouraged to consider writing a thesis. Up to nine hours credit may be given for work on the thesis. Arrangements for the thesis include a detailed proposal approved by a supervising professor, a faculty committee, and the chair. Candidates choosing the non-thesis option must present a major seminar paper in lieu of the thesis.