The Master of Arts in Political Science 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.
The Master of Public Administration program is an online degree program designed to empower those seeking a career in public service as well as those already employed who desire to enhance their current career trajectory. The program prepares professionals for work in government at the local, state, or national level as well as nonprofit organizations. Those in the private sector may also find the curriculum valuable. The MPA degree requires a total of 36 hours of coursework: 24 hours of core coursework taken by all students and 12 hours of coursework in a concentration selected by the student in consultation with a graduate advisor. The political science department offers its own concentration in disaster and emergency management. A student may, with the permission of the graduate director, pursue a concentration in other disciplines deemed more relevant to the student’s professional goals.
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