Professors: Thomas Brunell, Anthony M. Champagne, Marie I. Chevrier, Harold
D. Clarke, Euel Elliott, Edward J. Harpham, Robert C.
Lowry, Marianne C. Stewart
Associate Professors: Linda Camp Keith, Gregory S. Thielemann
Assistant Professors: Patrick Brandt
The mission of the Master of Arts in
Political Science - Legislative Studies degree is to offer pre-professional
instruction for students interested in positions as legislative staff,
political consultants, or other careers in professional politics. Students will
receive instruction that moves beyond the standard coursework in American and
Students in the Master of Arts in Political Science - Legislative Studies program will:
•Demonstrate knowledge of subnational
political institutions and processes in the
•Acquire detailed practical knowledge of the workings of the
•Acquire detailed knowledge of common
campaign practices in the
•Develop competency in the designof public opinion surveys.
•Demonstrate the ability to analyze survey data using methods and tools appropriate for the practice of politics.
•Demonstrate proficiency in skills required for at least one position in the practice of politics by successfully completing an internship.
have access to the computing facilities in the
also have access to the non-partisan Center for the
Study of Texas Politics. The Center develops opportunities for North
Texans to interact with
The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here.
The Master of Arts in Political
Science seeks applications from students with a baccalaureate degree from an
accredited university or college. Although applications will be reviewed
holistically, in general, entering students have earned a 3.0 undergraduate
grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and a combined verbal and quantitative
score of at least 1100 on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Standardized
test scores are only one of the factors taken into account in determining
admission. Students should also submit all transcripts, three letters of
recommendation, and a one-page essay outlining the applicant’s background,
education, and professional objectives. Applications are reviewed by the
Political Science Program Committee in the
Undergraduate students who are interested in completing their undergraduate degrees while simultaneously taking graduate courses in the M.A. in Political Science - Legislative Studies program are expected to meet the School’s "fast-tracking" requirements.
While there are no specific course prerequisites, entering students will benefit from exposure to undergraduate courses in the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, statistics, and research design. In cases where undergraduate preparation is not adequate, students may be required to take additional course work before starting the master's program.
Students who have previous graduate work pertinent to the requirements of a master’s program may be given up to 12 hours of transfer credit, and the hours of coursework required for the degree will be reduced accordingly. Students desiring to transfer graduate courses thought to be equivalent to core courses may be required to demonstrate competency through examination. The award of such transfer credit must be consistent with the University’s "Transfer of Credit" policy.
The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.
Students seeking a Master of Arts in Political Science - Legislative Studies must complete at least 30 semester credit hours of work in the program, must receive a grade of B- or better in all required classes, and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average to graduate.
The curriculum has three components:
(1) Fifteen semester hours of required coursework
(2) Nine semester hours of prescribed electives
(3) Six semester hours of internship.
Required Courses (15 hours)
All students should complete the core courses as soon as possible.
EPPS 6313 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
PSCI 6324 Local and State Government and Politics
PSCI 6330 Campaigns and Media Relations
PSCI 6364 Public Opinion and Survey Research
One of the following:
Prescribed Electives (9 hours)
Three additional courses at the 6000 level on political and civic organizations, bureaucracy and public policy Congress, or executives, legislatures and policy.
Internship (6 hours)
student’s degree program concludes with a six-credit hour internship over the
summer semester. Internships will be done in the state legislature in