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The mission of the Master of Science in Political Science program is to provide the community with the resources to learn about its world. The world can mean many things – how city government functions, why voters make the choices they do, why wars occur, or how different regions of the world conduct their affairs. Whatever your interest is, indulge your ravenous curiosity to learn about your larger world -- with us.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is a Carnegie Doctoral Research Insitutue. The University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Political Science offers a Master's Degree in Political Science (MS PSCI). The MS PSCI degree is a graduate degree that serves many goals. Some students want to use the degree as a springboard to apply for a Ph.D. program in political science. Some students are social studies teachers who want to learn more about their subject matter. Others are military personnel who take classes in international security, foreign policy, or intelligence. Still others seek a deeper background in government before entering public service. Our program has been around since 1969, we have over 40 active students, and we have graduated over 100 students during the history of our program.
The UNO PSCI program affords you an environment that serves as an incubator for acquiring the skills necessary for your desired career, and developing a self-understanding that will enable you to succeed both professionally and personally. You are assured of a high-quality degree program that not only meets, but exceeds national standards of education in political science.
Our program offers the maximum possible flexibility to tailor an area of specialization. Your flexibility in this program encourages you to create a program of study that incorporates interests in other disciplines such as communications, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, psychology, public administration, social work, sociology, teacher education, and urban studies. We accept up to 18 units of credit toward your MS in Political Science from outside the department. In addition, we accept up to 12 units of transfer credit from other MS programs.
Mark Matulka, Political Science Graduate Teaching Assistant,
earned is Master's Degree in Political Science in December 2008.
Our faculty regularly win campus and system-wide teaching awards, making us one of the most recognized departments on campus for our teaching. We have a proven track record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, and are nationally known for our innovative research on some of the discipline’s most important questions.
- Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro – 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award.
- Dr. Randall Adkins – 2010 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Steve Bullock – 2008 College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Randall Adkins – 2007 College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro – 2007 College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro – 2007 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Meredith Bacon – 2006 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado – 2003 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. James B. Johnson – 2001 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Loree Bykerk – 1997 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
Our faculty utilize active and service-learning teaching strategies; multiple assessment tools; we participate in extended education on improving teaching and learning; and we publish research on pedagogy.
For many years we have conducted exit interviews of our graduates. The exit interviews show very high levels of satisfaction with the quality of instruction, the advising process, the amount of attention paid to students, and the ease with which the students interact with university personnel and procedures.
Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro congratulates Mamadou Faye for earning his
Master's Degree in Political Science, May 2006.