Political Science students on the Quad

Master of Arts in Political Science

The Master of Arts degree in Political Science offers the study of the major theories, concepts and practices of politics in the United States and throughout the world.

Our M.A. program is designed to serve a wide audience and prepare students for careers in teaching, government, non-governmental organizations and further graduate work.

Program Options

We currently offer a thesis and non-thesis option for obtaining an M.A. in Political Science.

Thesis Option

The thesis option emphasizes independent research in addition to coursework and is recommended for students interested in further graduate training. It requires 24 hours of approved coursework plus 6 hours of thesis research.

Students must select a thesis topic under the guidance of their departmental thesis advisor. The thesis must meet all the requirements set forth by the UMKC School of Graduate Studies.

More information on the required coursework and thesis requirements can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Non-Thesis Option

Students choosing the non-thesis option for the M.A. in Political Science are expected to put an emphasis on coursework. This option requires 30 hours of approved coursework.

More information can be found in the UMKC Catalog.