Masters Program

MA (Political Science) in Rights, Justice, Citizenship & Identity

The MA in Political Science revolves around the themes of Rights, Justice, Citizenship, and Identity (RJCI). Who we are, where we belong, and what we are entitled to have been central to political conflict for a very long time, but are arguably even more pressing questions in today’s era of globalization, cross-border mobility, and rights consciousness. Our program offers students the opportunity to investigate these questions from different angles. Some might choose to focus specifically on issues of rights and justice, investigating constitutional politics, domestic and international courts, or global justice. Others might zoom in more on the politics of citizenship and identity, exploring how political processes navigate conflict and cooperation between social groups with different identities, different backgrounds, and different expectations from the state they live in. Finally, we offer a concentration in Public Policy and Administration for those who are keen to investigate public policy and policymaking on these questions in more detail, and in Global Justice and Politics for those with a particularly interest in the international dimension of these issues.

The MA program allows students the flexibility to pursue a variety of interests within Political Science and tailor their program to suit their future academic and career goals. The MA program offers three routes to complete the degree: course-based, MRP or thesis. Neither PhD programs nor employers require that students write a thesis. Our course-based option offers an MA degree based exclusively on extensive course work. The Major Research Paper (40 to 50 double-spaced page) and the Thesis (approximately 80 to 100 double-spaced pages) routes will give students the experience of conducting in-depth research and writing a lengthy paper.

Routes Through the Program

Route 1: Course Based (Expected Completion: 2 semesters)

  • Research Methods
  • Communications
  • 5 courses - at least 3 must be core course

Route 2: MRP (Expected Completion: 3 semesters)

  • Research Methods
  • Communications
  • 4 courses - at least 2 must be core course
  • MRP

Route 3 – Thesis (Expected Completion: 5 semesters)

  • Research Methods
  • Communications
  • 3 courses - at least 2 must be core course
  • Thesis

Optional Concentrations

Concentration in Public Policy & Administration

  • Route 1 (Course Based) – at least 3 courses overall must be Policy & Administration
  • Route 2 (MRP) - at least 2 courses overall must be Policy and Administration and the MRP relates to this concentration
  • Route 3 (Thesis) - at least 2 courses overall must be Policy and Administration and the thesis relates to this concentration

Concentration in Global Justice & Politics

  • Route 1 (Course-based) - at least 3 courses overall must be Global Justice and Politics
  • Route 2 (MRP) - at least 2 courses overall must be Global Justice and Politics and the MRP relates to this concentration
  • Route 3 (Thesis)- at least 2 courses overall must be Global Justice and Politics and the thesis relates to this concentration

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