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Master of Arts in Political Science


The master of arts in political science degree offers advanced instruction in the social science literature and theories of politics, citizenship and governance. The program is designed for talented students who are ultimately interested in the PhD program or who would like to “fast-track” through the undergraduate program and spend an additional year to obtain their master’s degree. 

Graduates are prepared to take on senior staff, managerial and leadership roles in public agencies and other organizations.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Political Science

Catalog page: MA

MA in Political Science Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

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

GPA: 3.0 out of 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, government relations specialist, various positions in government, and preparation for PhD program

Salary Information

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