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Graduate Program

Master of Science Degree Course of Study: Online and In-Residence

The UNO Master of Science in Political Science is a 30 credit hour program that offers a broad foundation in political science with the flexibility of interdisciplinary collaboration. Students can choose their required core courses among several offerings: American politics, international relations, Constitutional law, comparative politics, foreign policy and national security, political theory, and research methods. The 12 hours of required electives can be taken in any UNO department with approval of one's advisor.

UNO is one of only three accredited institutions to offer a MS in Political Science completely online. The online program follows the same course of study requirements of the residency program.

The MS PSCI also offers students to earn a certification in either Global Intelligence Operations or Intelligence and National Security by setting up one's MS program to include the 12 required hours of each certification.

Students earning a Master's degree from another UNO department may apply with the Department of Political Science to earn a 9 credit hour minor.

Students can transfer up to 10 credit hours of graduate-level courses from another accredited institution with the graduate committee's approval.

The program allows students to choose from a thesis or non-thesis track. Each track is 30 credit hours and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

M.S. Thesis Options

  • Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • 3 out of the 6 core seminars (9 credit hours): American politics, Foreign policy and national security, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and Constitutional law
  • 4 electives (12 credit hours); these can be taken in different departments
  • Thesis (6 credit hours)

 M.S. Non-Thesis Option

  • Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • 4 out of the 6 core seminars (12 credit hours): American politics, Foreign policy and national security, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and Constitutional law
  • 4 electives (12 credit hours); these can be taken in different departments
  • Capstone Project (3 credit hours) of either directed research in political science or a political science-related internship

 

Graduate Minor in Political Science
The Department of Political Science offers a graduate minor to students pursuing graduate degrees in other programs at the University of Nebraska. The requirements for the minor are that the student complete a minimum of nine (9) graduate hours in political science courses, which must include Seminar in American Government and Politics, Seminar in Global Politics, and Seminar in Political Theory. The courses to be taken for the minor are to be approved both by the student's advisor in the student's major subject and by the graduate program committee chair in Political Science.