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Master of Arts in Political Science - Legislative Studies


The master of arts in political science – legislative studies degree program offers pre-professional instruction for students interested in positions as legislative staff, political consultants or other careers in professional politics. Student learning moves beyond the standard course work in American and Texas government and politics by advancing knowledge of legislative processes and the role that legislatures play at all levels of government. Graduates possess the communication, research and project management skills that are necessary for undertaking policy or political analysis in legislative and/or public affairs offices in Texas and elsewhere.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Political Science - Legislative Studies

Catalog page: MA

MA in Political Science - Legislative Studies Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 

Test score required: Yes

Combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of at least 300

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes


Limited to fall and spring admissions. University deadlines apply.


Cheryl Berry
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: GR3.826

Degree Information:
Dr. Banks Miller
Director of Graduate Studies
Office: GR2.806

Dr. Jennifer Holmes
Professor and Head
Office: GR 3.805

Possible Careers

Political science instructor, policy analyst, policy consultant, public relations specialist, and various positions in government and law

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.