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Graduate Bulletin

Political Science, M.A.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Spring:  October 15

Applications are evaluated as they arrive.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

TBA

 

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

No.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. GRE scores must be 500 Verbal and 500 quantitative or higher.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test. Students considered of marginal competency in English may be required to pass the SPEAK test administered by the Graduate School or enroll in an approved remedial English course in their first semester.

Writing Sample:

Submission of a research paper or other academic writing.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate coursework in Political Science may be transferred from outside the university, provided that the credits were obtained no more than five years prior to the student's matriculation at Temple and the grades are "B" or better. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

PS 400, 401, 410, 440 and 460

Electives: At least three other courses in American Politics and at least two other courses in International Politics or Comparative Politics or some combination of the two. (IR and Comparative)

Students should consult with their faculty advisors on course selection and exam preparation.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is a 4-hour, in-class essay examination. Sudents are expected to demonstrate mastery of the basic theories, concepts, and issues in each of the two fields by drawing upon the specific empirical, historical, and theoretical material examined in their particular coursework and readings.

Comprehensive Exam Subject - The subject areas and major components of the comprehensive examinations are American Politics and International Relations/Comparative Politics.

Comprehensive Exam Complete - Students are expected to take the comprehensive examination upon the completion of 30 s.h.

Comprehensive Exam Write - Exams questions are written by a committee of graduate faculty in of the relevant fields (e.g. American Politics; Internation Studies).

Comprehensive Exam Grade - A Committee of graduate faculty evaluates each comprehensive exam according to the criteria below.

Comprehensive Exam Pass - Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the basic theories, concepts, and issues in each of the two fields by drawing upon specific empirical, historical, and theoretical material examined in their particular coursework and readings. The student earns the M.A. degree upon passing these examinations and the completion of all other requirements.

Comprehensive Exam Schedule - The deadline for applying to take the exam and the dates of the examinations are posted early in each semester. Students may apply by obtaining a form from the Graduate Secretary. The Graduate Chair and Secretary will check the application to make sure the student meets the requirements to take the exams. Students are given at least 4 hours to answer the essay questions.

Contacts

Program Contact Information:

www.temple.edu/polsci/

Department Information:

Dept. of Political Science
411 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
polsci@temple.edu

215-204-1469

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Annette Beh
beh@temple.edu

215-204-1469

Program Coordinator:

Graduate Chairperson:

Sandra Suárez, Ph.D.
suarez@temple.edu

215-204-1468

Chairperson:

Gary Mucciaroni, Ph.D.
gmucciar@temple.edu

215-204-6195

About the Program

The primary mission of the Political Science Department's graduate program is to prepare students for careers in academia. The department gives equal emphasis to training students for both the research and teaching sides of such a career. Many of our graduates also successfully apply their political science training to nonacademic careers. The M.A. program offers study in two broadly defined fields: American Politics and International Studies (focusing on our particular strengths in international relations and comparative politics). The M.A. program is structured to give students a comprehensive grounding in the methods, theories, and major sub-fields of Political Science as preparation for the Ph.D. program.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

 

Dept. of Political Science
411 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
polsci@temple.edu

215-204-1469

Ranking:

Not applicable.

Accreditation:

Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The American Politics faculty teach and conduct research on political institutions, public policy, urban politics, and political economy. The International Studies faculty teach and conduct research in the areas of international organization and security, international political economy, international ethics, international identity, the comparative politics of advanced industrial societies, particularly Western Europe, the compartive politics of developing nations, particulary Latin America, China and East Asia, and the politics of democratization.

Job Placement:

Most students in the M.A. program intend to pursue a Ph.D. immediately after graduation or after a few years of employment. Some M.A. students use the degree to establish or strengthen credentials in teaching or for private/public sector positions; a few M.A. students want to strengthen their background for applications to other professional degree programs.

Affiliation(s):

Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

No.

Licensure:

Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students wishing to enroll in courses as a non-matriculated stduent must first consult with the Graduate Chair. An applicant who has taken Political Science courses as a non-matriculated student at Temple University can apply up to 9 semester hours toward the M.A. course requirements, as long as the courses taken satisfy the degree requirements. Students considering applying to the M.A. program while taking courses on a non-matriculated basis should discuss their plans with the Graduate Chair.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants begin by aiding a faculty member (running discussion groups, grading, etc). Experienced graduate student teachers often teach introductory undergraduate courses by themselves. Undergraduate teaching complements graduate study very well, and helps graduate students integrate their studies and prepare for examinations. Teaching Assistantships carry a stipend, 6 semester hours tuition remission per semester and health benefits. In applications for an assistantship, students who have had prior teaching experience, either at Temple or elsewhere, should include syllabi of courses they have taught as well as any student assessments that have been made. Applications can be obtained in the Graduate Secretary's office and must be returned by the deadline.

Other Financial Opportunities