Political Science (M.S.)

Master of Science in Political Science

The MPS program provides students with advanced training in the study of political processes and institutions at the national and international levels.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal arts education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Program Description

In AUM’s Master of Science in Political Science (MPS) program, graduate students gain rigorous, advanced training in core political science ideas and cutting-edge research and statistical methodology. Students learn how to develop, test, and interpret answers to relevant research questions with significant policy implications. This in-depth training program in political science is designed for students who seek academic or professional careers. It provides an opportunity for students to:

  • Explore the leading literature in the key political science fields of American politics and international relations
  • Receive advanced training in research methods
  • Gain significant skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Have the opportunity to take electives in comparative politics and data analysis
  • Undertake an independent research project on a topic of interest under the guidance of program faculty

The program, which is designed to be completed in three or four semesters, requires 10 courses, or 30 credit hours, including three required courses and seven electives. See the plan of study for details.

The program offers students two primary areas of specialization. One path enables students to study American politics, exploring its institutions and the interplay between public opinion and policymaking in the context of America’s unique political, social and economic development. Students specializing in American politics can study such areas as:

  • Congress
  • Constitutional law
  • Judicial politics
  • Elections
  • Political parties
  • Interest groups
  • Public opinion
  • Southern politics
  • State and local politics

Students specializing in international relations explore a variety of topics including U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, transnational advocacy networks, the global economy, and the sources and significance of such contemporary dynamics as globalization, international norms, democratization, and changing power differentials.

Elective courses also are offered in comparative politics, making it possible for students to explore, for example, the impact of such factors as institutions, economic development, party systems, and national identity using broad, cross-national comparisons or, given the expertise of our faculty, developing more specific investigations in the African or European contexts.

All courses meet in the classroom. A low student-faculty ratio ensures that each graduate student receives hands-on training from faculty members who are experts in their fields. See the MPS Brochure for a brief overview of each participating faculty member’s research areas. Their research has appeared in highly regarded academic journals including:

  • Journal of Politics
  • British Journal of Political Science
  • Political Research Quarterly
  • Legislative Studies Quarterly
  • Justice System Journal
  • Public Administration Review
  • Political Behavior
  • Comparative Political Studies
  • Review of International Studies
  • International Studies Quarterly

Our graduates are well positioned for a variety of career paths. Recent graduates have continued their studies in the Auburn University-Auburn University Montgomery Joint Ph.D. Program in Public Administration and Public Policy and the Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. Others have accepted positions with public sector organizations.

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Students entering this program are currently eligible for the Graduate Focus Scholarship.  See the program’s application instructions for details on the application process. Students are encouraged to start the program in the fall if possible, but are welcome to begin in the Spring term. For more information, please contact the faculty and staff of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration or send inquiries to [email protected]

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