The M.A. in politics offers concentrations in Political Theory, World Politics, and American Government. Class sizes are small--generally under ten students per course--and feature traditional seminar-style environments and close working relationships with Politics Department faculty. A limited number of half-tuition merit scholarships are available on a competitive basis for highly qualified students.
The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study (three courses in each of the first three semesters, plus a tenth course in the spring of the second year along with the comprehensive examination). Students with prior graduate coursework, or who take a more ambitious course load, are often able to meet the program requirements in a year and a half. And students who work full time have the option to enroll in the MA program part-time (taking one or two classes per semester); our classes are generally scheduled in the evenings to facilitate this.
Graduates of our program frequently pursue careers in public service, politics, and education--or advance in careers they had already begun in these areas. Several of our MA students have also continued their education in Ph.D. programs, either at CUA or at other nationally renowned universities.