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Program Options

The Political Science MA can be completed by three different fulltime program streams: a) course work and thesis; b) course work and internship; or, c) course work and research paper. Each program stream has different formal requirements. Options (a) and (c) are also open to part-time students.

A) M.A. with Thesis (one to two year program)

  1. Students choosing the M.A. with thesis must normally complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate program courses (there are normally three credit hours in a course). These 12 credit hours are drawn from required courses: 6000, 6010, and two subfield surveys (two of 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, or 6700). Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.
  2. Each student choosing the thesis option will submit a thesis on a subject that has been approved by the supervisory committee of the Department.
  3. Students applying for the thesis option must submit a brief statement of their research interests with their application or when they request a change in program to the thesis stream.

B) M.A. with Internship (one year program)

  1. Students choosing the M.A. with internship must normally complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate program courses (there are normally three credit hours in a course). Twenty-one credit hours are from required courses 6000, 6010, 6030, 6031, 6790, and a subfield survey (one of 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, or 6700). Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.
  2. Each student choosing this option will complete, normally in the Spring Semester, a one-semester, full-time internship (6030) with a political organization, government agency, or voluntary agency. Students registering for 6030 must also register for its co-requisite, 6031. The placement must normally be approved by the Department.

C) M.A. with Research Paper (one year program)

  1. Students who choose the M.A. with research paper option shall complete a minimum of 24 credit hours, 15 of which shall normally be 6000, 6010, and 6999. (There are normally three credit hours in a course)
  2. The selection of a topic for the research paper must be approved by a faculty supervisor who will be chosen in consultation with the Department Head. The paper will be graded by the supervisor and one other member of the faculty, either from within the Department or the Department of a cognate discipline.

Summary of Requirements for Each Option:

MA - Thesis
(1-2 years)
MA - Internship
(1 year)
MA -Research Paper
(1 year)
Indicate research subject in application 6000, 6010, 6790, 6030, 6031 Indicate research subject in application
6000, 6010 One Subfield Survey 6000, 6010
Two Subfield Seminars One Elective Three Electives
Thesis
Master's Research Paper (6999)



Additional courses as required

Additional courses as required

Additional courses as required

Changing Options

Students may request a switch from one stream to another. Transferring to the internship option will be permitted only if placements are available. Written application to the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department is required for all program changes. Forms for program changes are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Research Integrity Program ("GRIP")

All students are required to complete the GRIP. GRIP is designed to provide all graduate students at Memorial University with the knowledge to make informed decisions on integrity issues commonly encountered in the research process. GRIP is an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies and is Memorial's response to the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Integrity in Research and Scholarship (January 1994). This policy recommends that institutions that administer the Councils' funds establish programs to educate researchers on the principles and practices of integrity in research and scholarship.

Students should register for GRIP in the winter semester (January - April) of their program.

Doctoral Studies

Student interested in completing a Ph.D. in Political Science may be able to do so. While the Department does not have its own "in house" Ph.D. program, Memorial's interdisciplinary Ph.D. program does make it possible for students to pursue a doctorate, working with members of the Political Science Department under special arrangements.

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