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2014-2015 General Catalog 
2014-2015 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, M.A.


The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.

The degree requires a master’s thesis, unless a student earning a master’s on the way to a PhD is approved for a thesis by-pass. 34-37 hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned for the MA, including a maximum of nine hours of credit for the thesis. The curricular requirements include:

  • A principal field consisting of a minimum of nine hours of earned credit in a specified field of study.
  • A secondary field consisting of a minimum of six hours of earned credit in a different field of study.
  • Two required seminars (POLI 7961  and POLI 7962 ).
  • A one-credit professional development seminar (POLI 7000 ).
  • Six hours of electives or a Minor Field in another department.
  • A master’s thesis, with an oral defense.