The research tool is designed to expose students to the various technical and non-technical approaches available to political scientists for conducting research. Each student in the M.A. program is required to satisfy a research tool requirement by completing the following two courses with a grade of B or higher for each course:
Methods of Political Science (211-217-01)
Behavioral Research Methods (211-254-01)
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MAPA)
Individuals with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, or higher, from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or any graduate with equivalent qualifications from a foreign institution of higher learning is eligible to apply. While students from a variety of academic backgrounds may apply for admission, those with backgrounds in political science, public administration or economics have the best chance of gaining admission given the nature of the MAPA curriculum.
The Master of Arts in Public Administration degree program consists of a two-year, four-semester course of study requiring 48 credit hours distributed as follows: Core Curriculum: 30 credit hours. Field Concentration: 12 hours. Economics Prerequisites: Principles of Economic I and II
Research Methods Course: Research Methods in Public Administration, 211-235 (This course includes a carefully supervised research design project)
A 6-Credit Internship: Required of students who lack a significant professional work background. While "in-service" students with a relevant background would be exempt from the internship, they are required to complete 6 credits of electives in place of the internship.
Non-Thesis Option Paper with an Oral Defense