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Master of Government (MA GOVT) is a professional course of study for
individuals pursuing careers in government, politics, law, public service,
education, and nonprofit organizations. Our MA program actively engages
students in a dynamic learning environment that combines coursework and
research. It develops a comprehensive understanding of the theories, concepts,
methods, and principles of political
science while continuing our students’ liberal education. Specialized core
political science field seminars are offered in Political Theory &
Philosophy, American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics,
Public Law and Public Administration.
The MA GOVT is an excellent
degree for preparation for doctoral study and our students have been
very well received by Ph.D. programs. Additionally, the MA GOVT is a good preparation
in advanced graduate study in the social sciences generally or preparation for
careers in public law or admission for law school.
Accreditations & Memberships
MA program is a member the American Political Science Association (APSA)
Departmental Services Program.
of the MA Degree
Cost for In-State Students Based on 2011-12 Tuition: $16,214.00 for the
entire two-year degree. For more details, please see the Tuition and Fee
Schedule at: http://www.moreheadstate.edu/bestvalue/
GOVT 610 — American Politics
GOVT 620 — International Relations
GOVT 630 — Comparative Politics
GOVT 640 — Political Theory
GOVT 650 — Public Law
PA 605 — Epistemology and Research Methodology
PA 620 — Bureaucracy and Public Management
Total Core Requirements
Completion of the following elective options (nine-hours):
Choose three of the following:
GOVT 600 — State and Local Government
GOVT 605 — Environmental Law and Policy
GOVT 612 — American Political Development
GOVT 676 — Directed Study
GOVT 680 — Government for Teachers
PA 645 — Seminar in Founding Fathers and American Thought
PA 660 — Intergovernmental Relations
PA 681 — American Diplomatic History
PS 600 — Political Science Seminar
RAPP 670 — Directed Research
Completion and defense of an approved thesis (six-hours)
GOVT 699 — Thesis
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED
All MA students must successfully complete comprehensive exams in core fields.
This exam will be administered twice a year on the MSU campus, after the Fall
or Spring semester in which core coursework is completed. The specific date
upon which all students will write will be determined annually. Students are
expected to write the exam at the end of the semester in which they complete
their core coursework. The exam is a prerequisite for the thesis or applied
research project. Students must sign-up before or during the review meeting
prior to the exam date. The examination will be written. No computers or
electronic devices of any kind (including cell phones) are allowed. Students
caught cheating will be expelled from the MA program and perhaps the
university. The comprehensive exams are
graded as pass with distinction, pass, low pass, fail. Should they fail, students may only re-take
the comprehensive exams one time to be eligible for the MA GOVT degree.
A meeting will be held each semester for students who expect to write
comprehensive examinations at the end of that semester. This is an
informational meeting to explain the format of the exams, the material to be
covered, and faculty expectations.
Each student will select a topic with the advice and consent of his adviser.
The student and adviser will agree on the scope of the thesis (PA 699), the
methodology, the extent of the research, the form of presentation of findings,
and a schedule. Students are free to consult their other committee members for
input. The entire committee will read the thesis, may ask for corrections or
revisions, and will be responsible for approving the final thesis. A public defense of the thesis is required of
all degree candidates.
Thesis (GOVT 699)
Thesis prospectus must be approved by the student’s advisor and committee by
the end of the third semester (assuming full-time) in the program. Prior to
beginning work on a thesis, the student should obtain a copy of the official
guidelines from the Graduate Office or by clicking here. The final approved copy of the thesis,
signed by the students committee, must be submitted to the Graduate Office at
least two weeks prior to the end of the term in which the student anticipates
completing all degree requirements” (MSU Graduate Catalog). The committee must
have read the thesis, all changes must have been completed, and the committee
must have signed the relevant forms before the thesis can be submitted to the
Graduate Office (701 Ginger Hall). Consult your advisor to discuss the timing
of each of these steps.
Upon completion of the thesis, the student will make a public presentation and
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