Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

MA in Political Science

The MA program in political science offers comprehensive training in the knowledge and skills which constitute professional competence in the field. The curriculum is designed to equip graduate students with a broad and solid foundation in political science suitable for careers in teaching, research, public service, and further graduate study.

Requirements for the master's degree in political science include 30 hours of coursework (10 courses) or 24 hours of coursework (eight courses) plus a thesis (six hours).

  • Five courses in one of the following major fields: American Politics, Comparative and International Politics, or Political Theory.
  • PLSC 475: Techniques of Political Analysis I
  • PLSC 476: Techniques of Political Analysis II
  • Three elective courses
  • Written comprehensive examination covering the major field