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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 relations.

Graduate Advising

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.

To Apply

The university’s application for admission is available online at - Applications for Fall accepted until June 1st; applications for Spring accepted until October 15th.

International applicants – deadline to apply for Fall is May 1st; deadline to apply for Spring is September 15th.


Director of Graduate Studies: Bernd Reiter
Phone: 813-974-3583

Also you can contact Linda Boyette
Phone: 813-974-0790

Important Forms

MA Thesis Checklist
Masters in Political Science Program Requirements
Political Science Courses
Graduate Student Supervisory Committee Appointment Form
Guidelines for Independent Study/Directed Research
Contract for Independent Study/Directed Research
Request to Schedule Thesis Defense
Application for Comprehensive Examination
Certificate of Approval Form for Thesis & Dissertation
MA in Political Science Tracking Sheet