Political Science Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Political Science (MA)

The Master of Arts in Political Science (MA) is designed for both recent college graduates and individuals seeking to advance their professional or academic careers. Our online program serves students preparing for doctoral studies or law school, high school teachers seeking to improve their professional credentials, individuals wanting to teach in the community colleges, and individuals preparing for careers or advancement in nonprofit organizations (international and domestic) and the public sector. The program offers two degree plans: a thesis option (30 hours of coursework and a written thesis) and a non-thesis option (36 hours of coursework and written comprehensive exams). Students with a master’s degree in any field, may also enroll to earn credit for graduate-level political science courses necessary to meet professional credentialing requirements.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a 36 credit, online graduate program. The MPA core curriculum, combined with the Disaster and Emergency Management concentration, deliver the knowledge public and non-profit professionals need to advance their careers and to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Our courses enable students to review concepts and develop competencies related to public management, ethics, budgeting, human resources, program evaluation, decision making, community resilience, and disaster politics. Students enrolled in the MPA program receive the attention and flexibility they need to meet their academic, professional, and personal commitments. Our Alumni serve in leadership positions as city and fire service managers, emergency management coordinators, law enforcement officers, directors of county agencies, and managers of nonprofit organizations throughout Texas and the United States. 

Master of Arts in History and Political Studies (MA)

The Master of Arts in History and Political Studies (MA) is a fully online degree program entailing 36 hours of coursework, split evenly between history and political science, and an interdisciplinary portfolio. Designed for graduate students who have interdisciplinary interests and for educators who want to expand their professional credentials to teach courses in both history and government, this program provides an overview of history and political science disciplines and methodologies, as well as the chance to specialize in one of three thematic tracks.

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