Master of Arts in Political Science - Legislative Studies


The Master of Arts in Political Science – Legislative Studies degree offers 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 Texas government and politics by advancing their knowledge of legislative processes and the role that legislatures play at the local, state and national levels of government. They will learn to analyze, evaluate and design research relevant to the practice of politics. In addition, they will learn the skills necessary for the analysis of data that is increasingly called for in the practice of politics.

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 electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes


Limited to fall and spring admissions. University deadlines apply.


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Degree Information:
Dr. Banks Miller, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Professor and Head

Possible Careers

Graduates will have the communication, research and project management skills that are necessary for undertaking policy or political analysis in legislative and/or public affairs at multiple levels of government, from local to national. Throughout students learn empirical approaches to understanding data, approaches that are in high demand among employers.

Salary Information

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