Graduate Programs

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The Department of Political Science at Texas State University offers three Master's degrees and three certifications for our graduate students. Students have the opportunity for a close intellectual exchange with our large, full-time departmental faculty. Texas State is a depository for federal and state government documents as well as a member of CORAL (Council for Research and Academic Libraries).

As a liberal arts discipline, the department is dedicated to developing analytical skills and promoting critical thinking. Students are encouraged to reflect not simply on career goals, but also on what type of person they wish to become, and on the rights and duties of citizens. The department offers students the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours in an internship program in which students gain practical experience by working for various federal, state, local or non-profit community agencies.

Political science prepares students for careers in various fields, not only in government, law, and education but also in business, journalism, urban planning, and many fields on which public policies have a significant effect.

Graduate Minor

The Department of Political Science offers M.A. students a minor consisting of a minimum of nine hours with the option of taking up to 15 hours. Students must contact their program director to learn the requirements for its minor. 

It is the responsibility of the student to acquire all information on minor requirements and to act in accordance with those requirements. Program directors may require additional background courses to be taken at the undergraduate level if insufficient work in the minor field is reflected on the undergraduate transcript.

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