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Graduate Programs in Political Science

Master of Science

Graduate Certificates

Master of Science (online)

James Madison Fellows

Integrated Bachelor's + Master's Degree

Concentrations: International Affairs or American Government & Politics

Political Science Minor

Graduate Assistantships

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Master's Degree in Political Science (MS PSCI) is a 30 credit hour program which can be earned on-campus or online. Some students enter the program with the intention of continuing on with their Ph.D., while others use the program to prepare themselves as practitioners in the fields of education, government, intelligence, law, journalism, non-profit, or lobbying. Most of our students are working professionals, and as part-time students, complete the program in about three years.

Our program offers the flexibility to incorporate interests in other disciplines such as communications, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, psychology, public administration, social work, sociology, and urban studies. We accept up to 12 units of credit toward your MS in Political Science from outside the department. 

Students have the option to incorporate the International Affairs Concentration, American Government Concentration, Intelligence and National Security Certificate, or the Certificate in Government into their Master's program.

Graduate political science courses are taught by tenured track faculty who are based on UNO’s campus, are published experts in their field, and own the content of their courses. This allows our department to maintain a high level of rigor and quality for our graduate students.  Graduate students also have a point person for advising, concerns, and to help with other non-course content needs.  

 

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Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university/Official Transcripts from all college/universities attended.
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic writing sample, minimum 5 pages in length. If one does not exist, please contact the academic program coordinator.
  • 15 undergraduate hours in political science (preferred)
  • If you are an international student from a non-exempt TOEFL country, a minimum internet-TOEFL score of 80 (with no sub-score below 15).
  • A completed online Graduate School application
  • Application fee

*A GRE or other graduate standardized test scores are not a requirement, but are welcome to be submitted along with the other materials.

 


Course of Study:

  • 30 credit hour program that offers a broad foundation in political science with the flexibility of interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Seminars (Minimum 15 credit hours): In addition to Research Methods, students can choose seminars among the following: American Politics, US Foreign Policy and National Security, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Leadership, International Leadership, and Constitutional Law.
  • Electives: (Maximum 12 credit hours) of electives can be taken in any UNO department with approval of one's advisor.
  • Capstone project (3 credit hours) of either a directed research in political science or a political science-related internship

Students can select a thesis or non thesis track, but must apply for the thesis track after 15 credit hours have been completed. Both thesis and non-thesis options are 30 credit hours. 

Please contact the Academic Program Coordinator (kbroyhill@unomaha.edu) for more information about applying to the program.

 

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James Madison Fellows

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Political Science Department has had the privilege of educating James Madison Fellows from Nebraska, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Illinois, South Carolina, and Massachusetts over the past several years.  

Several of our Madison Fellow students also completed an 18-credit hour Certificate in Government as part of their 30-credit hour Master’s in Political Science program. Our program also allows students to complete approved history courses as part of their elective requirements.

Our program provides James Madison Fellows adjust to the needs of their teaching position. Meaning that in addition to taking the required American Government and Constitutional Law courses; Fellows that also teach Comparative Politics as Dual Enrollment/Concurrent Enrollment teachers have the flexibility to incorporate such courses into their program of study.

Please contact the Academic Program Coordinator (kbroyhill@unomaha.edu) for more information about applying to the program.

 

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Integrated Bachelor's plus Master's in Political Science

UNO students who are Political Science or International Studies majors can apply to our Integrated Bachelor's plus Master's program, sometimes called the 3+2 program. This program allows high-achieving undergraduate students to take up to 3 Political Science courses at the graduate level, and have those courses count towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.  

 


Graduate Minor in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers a graduate minor to students pursuing graduate degrees in other programs at UNO. The requirements for the minor are that the student completes a minimum of nine (9) graduate hours in political science seminars.

The courses to be taken for the minor are to be approved both by the student's adviser in the student's major subject and by the graduate program committee chair in Political Science.

 


Concentrations: International Affairs or American Government and Politics

Students who select to concentrate in International Affairs or American Government will take seminars and electives focusing in said area in addition to having their capstone project be related to their chosen concentration.  

 


Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for full-time, on-campus graduate students.  For more information, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator at kbroyhill@unomaha.edu. Students should also look through UNO's employment page and apply to any graduate assistantships they may qualify for.  Graduate assistants must be full-time, on-campus students.  

 


Graduate Program Student Testimony Videos

We know that students have choices when it comes to where to earn a Political Science Master's Degree, especially when it comes to those doing so on-line. We put together these short videos which feature our own students to highlight the strengths of this program. In the top video, our students discuss the faculty here. I the next, they discuss the advising process. And in the final video, they speak to those students who are interested in earning a Master's Degree as a stepping stone to a Ph.D.

 

Master's Degree Student Testimony: Program faculty

 

Master's Degree Student Testimony: Advising

 

Master's Degree Student Testimony: Ph.D preparation