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M.A. in Political Science

The MA in Political Science at the University of South Florida enables students to research and analyze politics at the local, national, and international levels. In an increasingly globalized world, a thorough understanding of politics and government is an essential ingredient for success in both the public and private sectors. The MA in Political Science prepares students for positions in government, business, and education. This degree also serves as a foundation for students who wish to pursue their doctoral studies in government, political science, or international relations.

Graduate Course Schedule

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Graduate Advising

During the first semester in the program, each student must develop a plan of study in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Thereafter, students consult with the Graduate Coordinator who provides technical and procedural advising as well as substantive advice. However, students are also encouraged to discuss their research interests with individual members of the faculty. An orientation session for new and continuing students is provided at the beginning of the academic year. In addition, monthly professional workshops discuss topics of interest to graduate students.

To Apply

The university’s application for admission is available online at - Applications for Fall accepted until June 1st; applications for Spring accepted until October 15th. International applicants – deadline to apply for Fall is May 1st; deadline to apply for Spring is September 15th.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Same as university plus:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GRE required and when applicable TOEFL scores
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably by academics
  • A 500 word personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Must have an undergraduate background in political science

International students: Transcripts/documents that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation. In addition, transfer applicants who completed any postsecondary work (college or university) at an institution not in the U.S. are required to submit an evaluation of that academic work. The evaluation must include a course-by-course assessment, with grades or marks and credits or hours equated to the U.S. system. Click here for a list of evaluation services.

For more information or questions about the program, please contact:

Dr. Steven Roach, Graduate Director
Phone: 813-974-9753

Linda Boyette, Graduate Program Specialist
Phone: 813-974-0790


Thesis, Dissertation, and Proposal Guidelines and Tips
Research Proposal Example
MA in Political Science Tracking Sheet (2017)
MA in Political Science/Africana Studies Concentration Tracking Sheet (2017)
Masters in Political Science Program Requirements
Independent Study/Directed Research Contract
Political Science Courses
Graduate Studies Office Forms
Plagiarism Information (Graduate Studies Office)


MA Thesis Checklist
Graduate Student Supervisory Committee Appointment Form
Request to Schedule Thesis Defense
Certificate of Approval Form for Thesis & Dissertation
Graduate Studies Office - Thesis & Dissertation Information
Doing a Literature Review
General guidelines for the literature review course for MA students, opting for the non-­‐thesis option.

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