Graduate Program 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
Graduate Course Schedule
To view our Fall 2015 courses click here
Graduate Elective Options - Spring 2016
To view Spring 2016 electives click here
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.
The university’s application for admission is available online at https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/ - Applications for Fall accepted until June 1st; applications for Spring accepted until October 15th. Due to limited class offerings, students are encouraged to apply for the fall and not for Summer.
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. Bernd Reiter, Graduate Director
Linda Boyette, Academic Program Specialist
GENERAL FORMS & INFORMATION
Thesis, Dissertation, and Proposal Guidelines and Tips
Research Proposal Example
MA in Political Science Tracking Sheet (Excel)
MA in Political Science Tracking Sheet (PDF)
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
LITERATURE REVIEW FORMS
Doing a Literature Review
General guidelines for the literature review course for MA students, opting for the non-‐thesis option.