Master of Arts in Political Science

 

WHY A MASTER'S DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE?
The reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in political science are as diverse as our students.  Some want to continue a formal education as a way of further understanding politics while they continue in their present profession.  Others want to teach at the secondary or community college level or go on to pursue a doctorate and teach or conduct research at the university level.  A number of students use the master’s degree to gain entry into government positions at various levels or to pursue careers as political consultants or aids to elected officials.  Other students wish to pursue a graduate degree before applying to law school.

CSUF ADVANTAGES


 

  • Small Classes
  • Since our program has a large number of faculty members in proportion to the number of students, core requirements are met through participation in a closely coordinated sequence of small seminars.  Students receive individualized attention from professors who are enthusiastic about teaching and interacting with graduate students.
  • Flexible Program
  • Our program is designed to be flexible so that students may attend part-time or full-time.  Core classes are taught at night so that students can attend while working; electives are taught during the day and at night.  Most students finish the program in two years.
 
 
 
  • Student Support
  • Each student chooses a committee of faculty members who, in conjunction with the program coordinator, works closely with the student to provide advisement and support.  The department also offers a limited number of paid teaching assistantships.  Depending on their interests, students have opportunities to work on research or independent study projects with faculty.
  • Affordability
  • Compared to other institutions in Southern California, a significant advantage of our program is its affordability.  Click on this Student Financial Services link for current fee information for all students.