Masters in Political Science
UCF’s MA in Political Science program trains students to be skilled, insightful analysts of politics and policy. Our students are exposed to contemporary approaches to understanding politics and learn cutting-edge social science methods, and taught by full-time faculty who have published in top journals. We have expertise on topics like American political institutions, political behavior and public opinion, survey methods, security studies, terrorism, intelligence, judicial politics, and labor politics, and regional expertise about Latin America, Africa, Russia and Central Asia, the Middle East, East Asia, and Europe. Students who complete the program are ready for jobs in government, the private sector, and education, or to continue their education in PhD programs.
UCF’s MA in Political Science can be completed in two years (or potentially less, if a student is enrolled year-round).
First year students learn core methodological skills and take field courses that expose them to major approaches to contemporary American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory.
Second year students continue their studies with self-selected electives and, if they choose, a Master’s Thesis. Students who do not write a thesis write a non-thesis capstone paper and enroll in two additional electives. (These electives compensate for the 6 credit hours required for writing a thesis.)
Applying to MA in Political Science Program
Applicants for UCF’s MA in Political Science Students must apply on line using UCF’s online graduate application system, and should expect to submit:
- Official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE scores that are less than five years old.
- Three letters of recommendation, attesting to the applicant’s ability to think analytically and to communicate clearly. At least one of these should be from a faculty member who has personally taught the applicant in a university-level course.
- A personal statement of 500 words identifying areas of research interest in political science, faculty with whom they would like to work, and describing the applicant’s academic and professional experiences and future career goals.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis after they are received. International students and students interested in being considered for GTA positions or fellowships should apply by published deadlines.
The department is able to offer a small number of students financial support for their studies, usually in the form of a GTA position. Applicants interested in being considered for financial support should indicate their interest when they apply, and be sure to apply by relevant deadlines.
Our faculty includes world-class researchers and teachers who have published in topic journals including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Security, Political Geography, International Studies Quarterly, Marine Politics, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, African Affairs, and other top journals. We have a strong record of collaborating with students and guiding them as they develop their research.
- UCF’s MA in political science students regularly present papers at. In recent years, students have taken papers to the Southern Political Science Association, ISA-South, Florida Political Science Association, and Midwest Political Science Association conferences.
- Our alumni have been accepted to—among others—PhD programs at Ohio State, Duke, Penn State, and Florida State.
- Other former students have been employed by government agencies like the FBI, Washington Think Tanks, and a variety of other positions.