In addition to the requirements for admission and details of the program spelled out here, graduate students in political science must also abide by department rules and procedures specified in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures . Failure to meet these policies may result in a student being dropped from the program.
Under the MA program in political science, two degree plans are available:
- Plan I requires the completion of nine graduate courses (27 semester hours) and a 6-credit thesis
- Plan II requires the completion of ten graduate courses (30 semester hours) and a 3-credit project.
Course work in both plans completed under the traditional track offered on the Downtown Campus must include:
Additionally, at least one graduate seminar is required in each of the following areas: American politics, comparative politics or international relations, political theory and research methods.
Students will complete between 12 and 15 elective semester hours, depending on whether they are working under Plan I or II, which may be fulfilled through graduate course work in political science, related disciplines, independent study or internships. Ultimately, the total combination of independent study, graduate course work in related disciplines and internship cannot exceed 9 semester hours. With either plan, students are required to complete a minimum of 16 semester hours with the political science department at the University of Colorado Denver, and maintain a minimum B (3.0) overall GPA or better. Any course in which a student receives a final grade lower than B- cannot be counted toward the total credits for the Master’s degree. Students who are on probation must meet regularly with the graduate advisor and must secure approval from the advisor for all course work while on probation.
Plan II is available both under the traditional MA track offered on the Denver campus, as well as through an alternative track offered off-campus through the Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy. For details about this off-campus track in politics and public policy, see New Directions, MA in Political Science .
The Political Science graduate program offers two transcripted certificates, allowing students to focus their studies in a particular direction and to note that particular focus on their transcipt.
For more information on the graduate certificate in Democracy and Social Movements, click here .
For more information on the graduate certificate in Community Leadership, click here