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Master of Arts in Political Science
 

Graduate Director
Associate Professor Sharon F. Lean
sflean@wayne.edu  

Thank you for inquiring about the Master of Arts in Political Science. We take pride in our graduate programs which offer many advantages, including small class sizes and a faculty dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research.

The Master of Arts degree requires that students complete a minimum of 33 or 34 semester credit hours. Coursework for the degree includes 12-15 credits in a major field, at least 3-6 credits in electives, and two required course in statistics and research methods. We offer major fields in

  • American Government and Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Political Theory 
  • Urban Politics 
  • World Politics

If you are interested in applying to the program, please phone (313-577-6327) or email me at af5530@wayne.edu.  I will be glad  to arrange an appointment to discuss your academic and career interests and goals.

To apply online, go to http://www.gradadmissions.wayne.edu. You also may request application materials by contacting Patricia Robinson, Administrative Services Officer, aq7141@wayne.edu. Below you will find the following information (or click on the link to go directly there)


Why Pursue a Graduate Degree in Political Science at WSU?
 

  • Seventy-five doctorates and many more master's degrees have been granted since the program began 30 years ago. Graduates are now working in government agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector research firms, other private sector jobs, as well as in academic settings.
  • Graduate courses are taught by experienced, full-time faculty who are active scholars and effective teachers.
  • Our graduate classes are small, often enrolling fewer than 15 students.
  • Graduate students have opportunities to work closely with full-time faculty who are actively engaged in scholarship. Students often participate in professional conferences, research projects, and scholarly publications.
  • In order to facilitate graduate study by both full-time and part-time students, graduate courses are almost exclusively offered in the late afternoon or evenings.
  • Fellowships and Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships are available for full-time students.
  • Tuition scholarships are available for both full-time and part-time students.
  • Students have access to the resources of a nationally ranked, graduate/professional research university.
  • The WSU main campus is easily accessible by freeway from all parts of southeastern Michigan with ample on-campus parking.
  • The 180 acre WSU campus and the nearby areas encompassing The Detroit Medical Center represent one of the safest urban locales in the state of Michigan. The university's record of safety compares favorably with other large universities in the country.
  • Tuition at WSU is lower than at comparable universities. WSU is located in the heart of the University Cultural Center of Detroit, Michigan. Its neighbors include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Museum of African American History, the Detroit Science Center, The Fisher Theatre, Orchestra Hall and The Detroit Medical Center.

Admissions Requirements

The decision to admit a student for Master's work will be based on an evaluation of that student's qualifications as evidenced in the following ways:

  • Previous educational experience and undergraduate record.
    To qualify for regular admission a student must have a strong background in political science or other social sciences, an upper division (last two years) undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical aptitude sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    Applicants for admission to the program must take the verbal, quantitative and analytical aptitude sections of the GRE. The Department must receive the results of the GRE before the student's application will be considered. Normally, a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 on the GRE will be required for admission, with a quantitative score of at least 400.  For further information on the GRE, you can call one of the testing sites in Michigan , or go to the GRE website at www.gre.org , or telephone the Testing Office at WayneState University (phone:313-577-3400) or go to the Testing Office web page .
  • For students who do not speak English as a native language, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    Applicants who do not speak English as a native language must take the TOEFL. For information regarding this test, go to www.toefl.org , or to the University Testing Office web , or call the University Testing Office at 313-577-3400.
  • Other supporting materials provided by the applicant::. 
    1. two letters or recommendation from persons able to offer assessments of the applicant's character and academic ability;
    2. an autobiographical statement briefly outlining the student's reasons for seeking the Master's Degree;
    3. an example of previous work that may be indicative of the student's ability to perform at the graduate level.

Application Forms and Deadlines

To apply, use the online graduate admissions system or for more information contact:

Ms. Patricia Robinson
Academic Services Officer
e-mail: triciarobinson@wayne.edu
phone:  313/577-6327

Those applicants who wish to begin their studies in a particular term should insure that all of the application materials are submitted by:

 Fall term:  July 15

Winter term:  November 15

Spring/summer term:  March 15

Steps Toward Obtaining a Master's Degree

1. Complete course work requirements.

  • Take at least 24 credit hours of coursework within the Department of Political Science.

  • Satisfy the general departmental requirements -- those aimed at the development of basic analytic and methodological skills. These course are PS 5630 (Statistics and Data Analysis I) and PS 7660 (Research Methods).

  • Satisfy the core and elective courses for the major area of concentration, typically 12 to 15 hours of coursework in the major field.

  • Satisfy the elective courses outside the major field -- at least six credit hours.

2. File a Plan of Work.

  • The Plan of Work is the sequence of courses that will constitute the student's studies for the M.A. It is formulated by the student and the Graduate Director.

3. Pass the Comprehensive Examination.

  • Every candidate for the Master's degree must pass a written, comprehensive examination in his or her major field. This test assesses comprehension of the principal issues within the major concentration. Students have five hours to answer three out of five questions chosen from various subjects in the student's major area of concentration.

4. Write an approved thesis or essay.

  • The Master of Political Science requires that the student write either an essay or a thesis, depending on whether the degree is pursued under Plan A or Plan B. In Plan A, students write a thesis, registering for a total of eight credit hours of PS 8999 (Thesis Direction), and take at least 3-4 credits outside the major field. Under Plan B, students write an essay, registering for PS 7999 (Essay Direction) for three credit hours, and take 6 credit hours outside the major concentration.

    A thesis involves original research that adds to the body of knowledge in a field. An essay is a critical analysis of a significant question using published sources. Although both theses and essays are judged on content not length, students may be interested to know that these are usually about 100 pages in length, while essays are about 50 pages.

 


Advising

The Graduate Director serves as the primary adviser to all students entering the Master's Degree Program, helping you in initial course selection and in devising your Plan of Work -- the official plan of progress toward the degree. Until your Plan of Work is filed and approved, the Graduate Director must sign registration forms.


When students identify someone with whom they would like to write a thesis or essay, they are encouraged to use that faculty member as their mentor.


Transfer of Credits

In work toward the Master's degree, credit beyond the 24 credits that must be earned in residence may be transferred from accredited graduate schools, provided such credit is B or better and certified as graduate level credit on an official transcript. For example, a Master's student in a 33 credit hour program would need to earn an at least 33 credits overall - comprised of a minimum of 24 credits earned in residence and no more than nine transfer credits. Credits earned in residence may include those under the dual election arrangement with the University of Michigan, provided that prior approval is obtained from the Graduate Director.

Only those credits specifically approved by the Graduate Director may be transferred. Credits will be accepted or rejected for transfer on the basis of whether or not they were earned in graduate courses comparable to those offered at Wayne State University and represent work that fits into the student's overall program of study. Decisions on these matters will be made by the Graduate Director in consultation with members of the graduate faculty. They may be appealed to the Graduate Studies Committee.

Students requesting transfer credit should be prepared to present information on the nature and content of the courses involved. This may take the form of course descriptions, syllabi or reading lists, examinations and papers.


Major Fields of Study


Following are the course requirements for the major fields or concentrations offered in the Political Science MA program. Each major  consists of general requirements, concentration electives, other electives, and an essay or thesis.


American Politics

This concentration requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

 General Requirements: (7 credit hours)
PS 5630 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I (4)

PS 7660 Research Methods in Policy and Politics (3)

Concentration Requirements: (9 credit hours.)
PS 7030 American Political Processes (3)

PS 7040 American Governmental Institutions: Congress and the Courts (3)

PS 7045 American Governmental Institutions:  The Presidency (3)

PS 7050 American Political Culture (3)

Concentration Electives: (6 credit hours, which may include one of the Concentration Requirements:  PS 7030, 7040, 7045 or 7050)

PS 5030 African American Politics (4)

PS 5040 Religion and Politics (4)

PS 5050 Politics and the Mass Media (4)

PS 5110 Constitutional Law (4)

PS 5120 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4)

PS 5740 Ethnicity: The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation (4)

PS 6020 Intergovernmental Relations and American Federalism (3)

PS 6050 Class, Race, and Politics in America 

PS 6070 Labor and American Politics (3)

PS 6120 Administrative Law and Regulatory Politics (3)

PS 6430 Social Welfare: Politics and Policy (3)

PS 6860 American Foreign Policy (3)

PS 7410 Policy Formation and Implementation (3)

PS 7620 Seminar in Survey Research Methods (3)

Electives Outside Concentration:
Students should select courses from other fields of Political Science to complement the concentration.  Courses taken as concentration electives cannot be double-counted to meet this requirement.
Thesis or Essay 
Under Plan A the student writes a thesis (PS 8999 for 8 credit hours) . Under Plan B the student writes an essay (PS 7999 for 3 credit hours).

Comparative Politics

This concentration requires a minimun of 33 credit hours.

General Requirements: (7 credit hours)
PS 5630 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I (4 credits)

PS 7660 Research Methods in Policy and Politics (3 )

Concentration Requirements: (6 credit hours)
PS 7710 Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)

PS 7711 Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)

Concentration Electives: (9 credit hours)

PS 5740 Ethnicity (4)

PS 5999 Divided Societies: Dubrovnik (3-4)

PS 7720 Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies (3)

PS 7730 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries (3)

PS 7740 Comparative Political Economy (3)

PS 7810 Seminar in World Politics (3) 

Electives outside the Concentration:

Students should select courses from other fields of Political Science to complement the concentration.  Courses taken as concentration electives cannot be double-counted to meet this requirement.

Thesis or Essay:

Under Plan A the student writes a thesis (PS 8999 for 8 credit hours).  Under Plan B the student writes an essay (PS 7999 for 3 credit hours).

 


 

Political Theory

This concentration requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

General Requirements: (7 credit hours)
PS 5630 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I (4)

PS 7660 Research Methods in Policy and Politics (3)

Concentration Requirements: (6 credit hours.)
PS 7050 American Political Culture (3)

PS 7550 Topics in the History of Political Thought (3)

Concentration Electives: (9 credit hours)

PS 5560 Biopolitics (4)

PS 7320 Organization Theory and Behavior (3)

PS 7420 Normative Issues in Public Policy (3)

PS 7560 Contemporary Political and Social Theory (3)

PS 7580 Political Theory of Public Law (3)

PS 8600 Philosophical Problems of Social and Political Inquiry (3)

Electives Outside Concentration: 
Students should select courses from other fields of Political Science to complement the concentration.  Courses taken as concentration electives cannot be double-counted to meet this requirement. 
Thesis or Essay 
Under Plan A the student writes a thesis (PS 8999 for 8 credit hours) . Under Plan B the student writes an essay (PS 7999 for 3 credit hours).

Public Administration

See the specific page for the Master's in Public Administration Program


Public Policy  

Tthis concentration requires a minimum of 34 credit hours.  Students pursuing this concentration, if they have not done so as an undergraduate, may be required to take additional courses without graduate credit in basic American govenment  and politics, public policy processes, and economics. 

General Requirements: (7 credit hours)
PS 5630 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I (4)

PS 7660 Research Methods in Policy and Politics (3)

Concentration Requirements: (9 credit hours.)
PS 6640 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science II (3)

PS 7410 Policy Formation and Implementation (3)

PS 7480 Policy Analysis for Administration (3)

Concentration Electives: (minimum of 9 credit hours)
ECO 5000 Microeconomics (4)

PS 6020 Intergovernmental Relations and American Federalism (3)

PS 7040 American Governmental Institutions: Congress and the Courts (3)

PS 7210 Approaches to the Study of Urban Politics (3)

PS 7300 Public Administration and its Environment (3)

PS 7330 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)

PS 7420 Normative Issues in Public Policy (3)

PS 7460 Program Evaluation (3)

PS 7470 Comparative Public Policy (3)

Electives Outside Concentration: (6 credit hours)
PS 5560 Biopolitics (4)

PS 6860 American Foreign Policy (4)

PS 6430 Social Welfare: Politics and Policy (3)

PS 7240 Urban Public Policy (3)

PS 7430 Health Care Policy in the United States (3)

PS 7440 Public Policy and the Aged (3)

Thesis or Essay 
Under Plan A the student writes a thesis (PS 8999 for 8 credit hours). Under Plan B the student writes an essay (PS 7999 for 3 credit hours).

 


Urban Politics

This concentration requires a minimum of thirty (33) credit hours.

General Requirements: (7 credit hours)
PS 5630 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I (4)

PS 7660 Research Methods in Policy and Politics (3)

Concentration Requirements: (6 credit hours.)
PS 7210 Approaches to the Study of Urban Politics (3)

PS 7240 Urban Public Policy (3)

Concentration Electives: (minimum of 6 credit hours)
PS 5030 African American Politics (4)

PS 6020 Intergovernmental Relations and American Federalism (3)

PS 6070 Labor and American Politics (3)

PS 6440 Regional, State and Urban Economic Development (3)

PS 7250 Seminar in Urban Administration (3)

PS 7330 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)

Electives Outside Concentration: (8 credit hours)
Students may take courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Public Policy, or World Politics.  Alternatively, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies,  students may take courses in other departments as long as the courses are logically related to the program of study.

Thesis or Essay 

Under Plan A the student writes a thesis (PS 8999 for 8 credit hours). Under Plan B the student writes an essay (PS 7999 for 3 credit hours).

 

World Politics

This concentration requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

General Requirements:  (7 credit hours)

            PS 5630 Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I (4)

            PS 7660 Research Methods in Policy and Politics (3)

Concentration Requirements: (6 credit hours)

            PS 7810 Seminar in world Politics (3)

            PS 7811 Advanced Seminar in World Politics (3)

      Concentration Electives: (9 credit hours)

            PS 5830 International Conflict and Its Resolution (3)

            PS 5850 Human Rights (3)

            PS 5855 International Law (3)

            PS 6830 Civil War and Conflict Processes (3)

            PS 6850 International Organizations (3)

            PS 6860 American Foreign Policy (3)

            PS 6899 Topics in World Politics (3-9: topic varies with instructor)

            PS 7710 Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)

Electives outside the Concentration:

Students should select courses from other fields of Political Science to complement the concentration.  Courses taken as concentration electives cannot be double-counted to meet this requirement.

Thesis or Essay:

Under Plan A the student writes a thesis (PS 8999 for 8 credit hours).  Under Plan B the student writes an essay (PS 7999 for 3 credit hours). 

 

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