Political Science, M.A.

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About

With 28 faculty members, our graduate program is small, but this permits close interaction between students and faculty. Our department has a university-wide reputation for excellence in instruction, and several members of our faculty have won university- or college-wide teaching awards in recent years. Moreover, Many of us have worked closely with graduate students in mentorship relationships, and a number of our graduate students have co-authored articles that have been published in leading scholarly journals. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Readings Course
  • Professional Development 
  • Decision Models for Public Administration 
  • Seminar in American Politics 

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                              English Language Requirements

                              You only need to take one of these language tests:

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                                6.5

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                              Academic Requirements

                              You need the following GPA score:

                              Required score: 3

                              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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                              • This programme accepts GRE® scores, however, has not provided a recommended or minimum required score range.

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                              Normally, admission into our graduate program can be granted to students who have    
                              • completed the B.A. or M.A. in political science with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate or graduate course work, 
                              • a score on the verbal section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in the 55th percentile or above, 
                              • a score on the quanitative section of the GRE in the 45th percentile or above, 
                              • strong letters of recommendation from professors familiar with their work. Without exception, all applicants are required to take the GRE. A personal statement is also required. 

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                                28868 USD/year
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                                11953 USD/year
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                              Living costs for Baton Rouge

                              • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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