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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.


Program Timeline

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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 the Political Science M.A. Program

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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.
  • 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.
  • CV/Résumé.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

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 Reviewthe Journal of PoliticsInternational OrganizationInternational Security, Political Geography, International Studies QuarterlyMarine PoliticsThe 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.

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Student Highlights

UCF’s MA in political science students regularly present papers at 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.

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