Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2006/2007)
5.17 Political Science
  • Professor and Interim Head of the Department
  • P.G. Boswell

The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Political Science by full-time and part-time study.

Master of Arts

The degree of Master of Arts in Political Science may be taken by course work and thesis, course work and internship, or course work only. The thesis and internship options are available to full-time and part-time students. Both options are one-year programs for full-time students. The course work option is available only to part-time students.

  1. M.A. with thesis:

    1. Students choosing the M.A. with thesis must normally complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in graduate program courses. Twelve credit hours are from required courses: 6000, 6010, 6020, 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 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 (one page maximum) statement of their research interest with their application.

  2. M.A. with internship:

    1. Students choosing the M.A. with internship must normally complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate program courses. Fifteen credit hours are from required courses: 6000, 6010, 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 selected from a list of approved organizations that is maintained by the Department.

  3. M.A. with essay:

    1. This option is restricted to part-time students. Students choosing the M.A. with course work will complete 24 credit hours in graduate program courses and an essay (6999). Fifteen credit hours are from required courses: 6000, 6010, 6020, a sub-field seminar (one of 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6600, or 6700), 6790. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.

    2. The essay will be in an area relating to the courses taken by the student and will normally apply Political Science concepts and methods to a practical issue in public affairs. Each student will be assigned a supervisor who will approve the topic and direct the research. The essay will be graded by the supervisor and one other member of the Department. The essay must be completed in the term in which the student is registered for Political Science 6999.

Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • 6000 Political Science Concepts
  • 6010 Political Science Methods
  • 6020 Research Design
  • 6030 Internship
  • 6031 Applied Political Research (6 credit hours)
  • 6100 Political Philosophy
  • 6200 International Politics
  • 6300 Comparative Politics
  • 6301 European Politics and Public Policy
  • 6350 Political Economy
  • 6400 Political Development
  • 6430 Latin American Politics
  • 6500 Political Behaviour
  • 6600 Newfoundland Politics
  • 6700 Canadian Politics
  • 6710 Intergovernmental Relations
  • 6720 Local Politics
  • 6740 Public Administration
  • 6770 Canadian Provincial Politics
  • 6780 Politics of the Atlantic Provinces
  • 6790 Politics and Administration
  • 6900-10 Special Topics
  • 6999 Master's Essay