The Political Science Department MA/MS program is designed to allow students to examine the key issues in domestic and international politics from both a substantive/policy perspective and a scholarly/theoretical perspective. The MA/MS program is also designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of public and private settings and to prepare students for graduate work at the doctoral level. Students enrolled in the graduate program will complete a 30 semester hour program that includes a 3-6 semester hour thesis (PSCI 518) (Option I) or complete a 36 semester hour program that includes a 3 semester hour non-thesis research project (PSCI 595) and a comprehensive oral exam (Option II). All students must complete PSCI 502, Research, Concepts, and Approaches in Political Science and two courses from each of the three broad concentrations: American Government, International Relations and Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy & Methodology. Students pursuing the MA must demonstrate language proficiency. Students pursuing the MS must demonstrate quantitative proficiency.