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  Nov 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Political Science, M.S.


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Graduate Requirements for Political Science


Political Science
www.poli-sci.utah.edu
332 South 1400 East, Bldg 73 Rm 223, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
801-581-7031

Minimum Master Hours: 30
Minimum Doctorate Hours:

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college of university.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
  • A 500-word Letter of Intent, including areas of interest.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Academic writing sample.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Must complete the degree within two calendar years after admission to the program.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate course work.
  • Successful completion of a master’s thesis or master’s essay and final oral defense of the thesis or essay.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Political Science Graduate Requirements


Major and Minor Field Requirements


(Courses are offered in five fields listed below. Students must designate one of these fields as a major field and a second as a minor field)

American Politics

Major Field

(Complete 2 out of the 3 courses and one 6000-level American Politics course)

Minor Field

(Complete 1 of the 3 courses and one 6000-level American Politics course)

Comparative Politics

Major Field

(Complete 3 courses)

International Relations

Political Theory

Major Field

(Complete 3 courses)

Public Administration

Major Field

(Complete 3 courses)

Minor Field

(Complete 2 courses)

  • POLS 6300 - Administrative Theory 3 Credit(s)
  • ONE of the following: POLS 6230, POLS 6320  , POLS 6330, POLS 6340  , POLS 6360, POLS 6380, POLS 6870

Oral Defense


Graduate School policy requires that all Master’s candidates pass a final oral examination conducted by their supervisory committee. This exam covers only the essay or thesis topic and not unrelated course work. The completed essay or thesis should be given to all committee members well in advance of the date of the oral defense. Graduate School policy specifies that students should submit acceptable drafts to the committee chair at least three weeks in advance, and to the other committee members at least two weeks in advance of the oral defense date. If the defense is successful, the committee chair files the “Report of the Final Oral Examination” with the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students should expect to make additional revisions to their papers after the oral defense in order to put the paper into final approved form.

Students must be registered for at least three credit hours during the semester in which they defend, even if they defend during the summer. POLS 6980, Faculty Consultation, should be used for this purpose if no further courses or thesis credits are needed. Students do not need to be registered after a successful oral defense, even if minor revisions to the essay or thesis are necessary

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