The Department of Political Science's graduate programs are designed to meet the needs of students pursuing public service careers, community college teaching, research, and administrative careers, as well as those students preparing for more advanced graduate work in political science leading to the Ph.D. Our MA/MS programs aim to allow students to examine the key issues in domestic and international politics from both a substantive/policy perspective and a scholarly/theoretical perspective.



Degree Plan Options:

  • (Option I) M.A./M.S. in Political Science with Thesis (30sch)
    • 30sch program that includes a 3-6sch thesis (PSCI 518)
  • (Option II) M.A./M.S. in Political Science Non-Thesis (36sch)
    • 36sch program that includes a 3sch non-thesis research project (PSCI 595)
    • Includes a comprehensive oral exam.
  • (Option III) M.S. in Political Science with History Track (36sch)
    • 18sch in graduate Political Science courses and 18sch in gradate History courses
    • Non-thesis
  • Graduate Certificates: May be earned in conjunction with the degree options listed above. Be sure to consult with your academic advisor if you are interested in a Graduate Certificate.

Course Descriptions:

  • View Graduate Catalog - Political Science (PSCI) Course Descriptions
  • View Graduate Catalog - History (HIST) Course Descriptions
  • All students must complete PSCI 502, Research, Concepts, and Approaches in Political Science and two courses from each of the three broad concentrations: American Government, International Relations and Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy & Methodology.


You do not need to decide right away whether or not you want to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option. You can make that decision after starting the program and working with your Faculty Advisor. Generally speaking, a thesis is preferred if you intend to pursue a Ph.D.


The MA (Master of Arts) and the MS (Master of Science) differ in a foreign language requirement. To pursue an MA, you need to meet one of the following conditions:

  • Successful Completion of 12 undergraduate semester credit hours (approximately four courses) of a foreign language.
  • Completion of 6 graduate semester credit hours (approximately two courses) of a foreign language.
  • Demonstrate through a proficiency test in a foreign language. Contact the Department of Literature and Languages.
  • Completion of 3 semester hours above elementary courses if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit. Contact with questions.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language. Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate School regarding this requirement. Contact with questions.



The program is available via face-to-face courses that meet on our main campus in Commerce, TX. Each face-to-face course typically meets one day a week in the evenings during the Monday-Thursday timeframe. Those interested in pursuing graduate level History courses in conjunction with their degree may have face-to-face History course options on our main campus in Commerce, TX and on occasion at our extended University facilities in both downtown Dallas and the Metroplex Center in Mesquite. 

We occasionally offer online courses. Up to 49% of the degree is allowed to be completed through online coursework.


You may finish in two years, if you follow the plan of study. The plan of study guarantees that all necessary courses for graduation will be offered over the two year period. You may be able to speed up the time to graduation significantly by taking more than two courses every semester. Completion in less than two years is possible but not guaranteed.


Fall and Spring - Our fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks long. Occasionally we offer flex-term courses in the fall and spring semesters that start four weeks later than the usual 16-week start date. Flex-term courses are 12 weeks long.

Summer - Summer is split into two terms, Summer I and Summer II, each five weeks long.

Minis - On occasion we offer mini-terms (August, May, and December) that are three weeks long.



PRINTABLE APPLICATION CHECKLIST - Providing you step-by-step instructions on the application process.


  • Application
  • Application Fee $50 domestic/$75 international
  • Official Bachelor’s Transcripts
  • GRE – Requirement may be waived*
  • Additional items required for international students

We do not have an application deadline. Students may start the program in the fall, spring, or summer.


Not sure about pursuing the full Master's in Political Science? No problem. You can pursue your 18sch as a "nondegree" student without having to pursue a full graduate degree.

NONDEGREE PRINTABLE APPLICATION CHECKLIST - Providing you step-by-step instructions on the application process.

Points to keep in mind:

  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid
  • International students may not be eligible for nondegree status
  • You may be interested in the pursuing the Master's in Political Science - History track which ensures you earn 18sch in graduate History courses and 18sch in graduate Political Science courses.
  • Steer your studies! The Department of Political Science offers a 12sch Graduate Certificate in Holocaust Studies. You may want to aim 12sch of your 18sch towards the graduate certificate to be able to list a Graduate Certificate in Holocaust Studies on your CV/Resume and University Transcripts

If you change your mind later and would like to pursue the full Master's in Political Science, only four courses (12 credit hours) of your "nondegree" coursework can be transferred into the program later. Be sure to apply for the Master's in Political Science before you complete your fourth course (12th credit hour) as a "nondegree" student.

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Check out our current 2017-2018 tuition and fees rates.

If you are a Texas resident, be sure to look at the base tuition column.

The chart estimates cost based on credit hour enrollment per semester and should only be regarded as an estimate.

The average graduate student pursues 6sch (approximately two courses) each semester. Students can pursue one course or even three courses a semester, but students interested in more than three courses a semester should consult with their academic advisor beforehand.

This chart does not include several fees, such as a $10 semesterly Facility Fee (a state tax), the Distance Education Fee for online courses, and Program Delivery Fee for off-campus courses. The Distance Education Fee is a $50 per credit hour fee applied to each online course. If that course is 3sch, as most are, it would be a $150 Distance Education Fee. The Program Delivery Fee (only applicable to those pursuing graduate History courses at the Dallas location in conjunction with their Master's in Political Science) is a $10-20 per credit hour fee applied to each face-to-face course taken at one of our extended University locations (such as Dallas). If you take a 3sch course, it would be an additional $60 to take a face-to-face graduate course at the Dallas location rather than taking that face-to-face course on our main campus in Commerce, TX. Learn more about these fees HERE.

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  • Financial aid is available. At the graduate level, this primarily means student loans. Government grants (e.g. pell grants) are likely only available to undergraduate students.
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  • Payment/Installment Plans are available in the fall and spring terms. Your balance will be split into four equal payments each term.
  • Students paying their balance with an international bank account can make payments through Flywire
  • Veterans and Military Services benefits
  • Tuition and Leo Personal Loans - If the semester is approaching and you are still awaiting your financial aid, a tuition loan can help cover your balance while you wait for your financial aid to be disburse.
  • Be proactive on scholarship opportunities. In general, the scholarship portal is open six months prior to the fall terms. Between January and April (the spring term), scholarships are open for the next upcoming academic year with varying deadlines within that time frame. To be eligible to apply for scholarships, please work to be admitted to your desired graduate program before the scholarship cycle opens in the spring.



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