Political Science : Program Requirements
All MA students are required to complete four 1.5 unit courses. At least two of these courses (3 units) must be taken from the following list of field seminars: POLI 507, 508, 509, 516, 540. Students may take one course (1.5 units) that is either a senior undergraduate course (300 or 400 level), a directed readings course (POLI 590) or a graduate course offered by another department. Students may take the remaining course (1.5 units) from other graduate courses offered in the department.
All MA students are required to write a Master’s thesis (POLI 599) worth 9 units which is no longer than 100 pages and which they defend through an oral examination conducted by their supervisory committee and an examiner chosen from outside the Political Science department. Full-time students are required to have a thesis proposal approved by their supervisory committee by May 15 of the academic year in which they entered the program.
CSPT Master’s students must complete 7.5 units of course work. Students must complete POLI 509 (1.5 units), a field seminar drawn from the following list: POLI 507, 508, 516, 540 (1.5 units); one additional graduate seminar in Political Science (1.5 units); and two CSPT graduate seminars (3.0 units). Students must also complete a MA thesis worth 9 units. The topic must be within the field of CSPT. At least two members of the examining committee must be drawn from the faculty members affiliated with the CSPT program.
MA students who wish to complete the IN Graduate Certificate must complete IN 601 (1.5 units); two field seminars drawn from the following: POLI 507, 508, 509, 516, 540 (1.5 units); three preapproved IN electives (1.5 units in each of IGOV, POLI, and LAW); and IN 697 (1.5 unit capstone course).
All PhD students are required to complete six 1.5 unit courses beyond the MA degree, including POLI 600 (Professional Development Seminar). Students must choose two field seminars (3 units) (POLI 607, 608, 609, 616, 640, CSPT 601, IN 601), one in each of the areas in which they will be taking a candidacy examination. Students electing to take the candidacy examination in Comparative Policy and Governance (jointly administered with the School of Public Administration) must take Poli 607, Poli 610 and one other field seminar. Students must also complete POLI 693 (Candidacy Examination—3.0 units). Students may be required to complete an additional graduate course in methodology at the request of their supervisory committee. The remaining elective courses may be taken from PhD graduate seminars offered by the department. Students may also choose to take one graduate course (1.5 units) (and no more than two graduate courses) from outside the Political Science department. If this option is chosen, one course (1.5 units) may, with the permission of the instructor, be taken in the Law Faculty at the 300-level or above, in place of a graduate course (at the discretion of the Law Faculty). Students must pass all course work with at least a B+ average before proceeding to the field examinations.
POLI 600 is a compulsory seminar worth 1.5 units for PhD students in Political Science that runs from September until April. Students are introduced to the professional aspects of the discipline including: how to write grant applications, how to teach effectively, how to design a syllabus and a CV, how to contribute to the administrative and intellectual community in their department and in political science more broadly.
CSPT doctoral students must meet the core requirements of their own department as well as the specific requirements of the CSPT program. A CSPT PhD student must complete 9.0 units of course work including POLI 600 (Professional Development Seminar). Students must complete POLI 609 (1.5 units), CSPT 601 (1.5 units); two other graduate courses in Political Science (3.0 units), and one other CSPT course or a related subject approved by the CSPT program director.
POLI 600 (Professional Development Seminar)