Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2012/2013)
7.19 Political Science
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • L. Ashworth
7.19.1 Program of Study

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

The degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science may be taken by course work and thesis, course work and internship, or course work and research paper. The thesis, internship, and research paper options are available to full-time students. The M.A. with thesis is a two year program. The internship and research paper options are one year programs for full-time students. The thesis and research paper options are open to part-time students.

  1. M.A. with Thesis:

    1. Students choosing the M.A. with thesis must normally complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate program courses. These 12 credit hours are from required courses: 6000, 6010, and 2 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 (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. 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 selected from a list of approved organizations that is maintained by the Department.

  3. M.A. with Research Paper:

    1. Students who choose the M.A. with research paper option shall complete a minimum of 24 credit hours, fifteen of which shall normally be 6000, 6010, and 6999.

    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.

7.19.2 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 Public Policy Process
  • 6900-10 Special Topics
  • 6999 Master's Essay (9 credit hours)