Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

MA in American Politics

The M.A. degree provides students with a general, political science graduate education that trains students in methodological techniques and research design, and provides training in at least three fields of political science.

Degree Requirements

1. Thirty semester hours of course work (10 courses). With the approval of the Graduate Program Director, up to six hours of graduate work (2 courses) may be in related disciplines.
2. Required Coursework:

  • PLSC 401: Research Design (taken in the first semester)
  • PLSC 475: Political Analysis I (taken in the first semester)
  • PLSC 476: Political Analysis II (taken in the second semester)
  • One core course in either comparative politics (PLSC 520) or international relations (PLSC 430)
  • Two core courses in American politics or one core course in American politics and one core course in political theory.
  • Four electives (any graduate course)

3. Comprehensive Examination: All MA candidates must also pass a written comprehensive examination.

All of the above requirements for the Master's degree, including removal of all existing incompletes, must be fulfilled before students can take the written comprehensive exam. Students may be currently registered for courses necessary for the degree in the semester in which they take the exam. If the student has fulfilled all degree requirements except for the comprehensive exams, s/he should register for PLSC 605, Masters Study (zero credit hours), in the semesters leading up to and including the exam.

Thesis Option: Students may satisfy six hours (2 courses) by writing a thesis. These hours count as elective credit. Students who choose this option will take PLSC 596 for two semesters (6 credit hours) and take PLSC 597 (zero credit hours) until they are done with the thesis. 


Time Limit

Graduate School policy require MA students to complete the program within five years. A student failing to meet this deadline may submit a petition to the Graduate Studies Committee requesting an extension of this deadline.

For further information, please contact Professor Peter M. Sanchez, Graduate Program Director, at psanche@luc.edu or 773.508.8658.