M.A. degree program in political science
HEGIS code 2207
NYS SED program code 02108

Program Heads

Office Hours
Robin, Corey Department Chair 718.951.5000 x1746 3413 James Hall crobin @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Political Science
Fall Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Fall
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A
Examinations None


Elimination of political science concentration and change in name and substance of concentration in international affairs is contingent on New York State Education Department approval.

The political science master's program offers students a choice of two concentrations: international affairs and global justice or urban policy and administration.

The international affairs and global justice concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in international affairs, development, government, international organizations, non-profits, public education, and the private sector - or to move on to law school or doctoral programs in the social sciences. With small classes and opportunities to work closely with faculty, this two-year program offers a broad range of courses in comparative politics, international relations, and global justice. To foster professional preparation, the faculty also helps students with publication of their work, internship placements, and study abroad opportunities.

In the urban policy and administration concentration, students develop skills in understanding politics and public policy processes in the US metropolis, including New York City. While enrolled in this program that champions the collaborative production of cutting-edge theoretical work and real-world practice, students are expected to be intellectual leaders in policy-relevant fields in urban settings: labor, race, ethnicity, and immigration, urban planning, local elections, public education, and so on. Graduates find professional opportunities in government agencies, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, and labor unions. Alumni have also pursued careers in electoral politics. For many students, the master's degree in this program serves as a step toward a higher academic degree such as a Ph.D. and J.D. A wide range of internships are available.

Matriculation requirements
Admission is highly competitive; decisions are based on GPA, recommendation letters, personal statement, and relevant experience. General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements
Students choose one of the following two concentrations: I. International Affairs and Global Justice, or II. Urban Policy and Administration.

I. International Affairs and Global Justice: This is a two-year program, with 15 credits to be completed each year. The requirements are:

(1) Courses: Ten 7000-level courses (30 credits) with the following distribution:
1. Four Required Courses, which are to be taken during the first year:
POLS 7610 International Relations
POLS 7720 Comparative Politics
POLS 7960 Professional Development
POLS 7001 Research Methods

2. Six Electives, chosen from the following courses:
POLS 7000 Statistics in Political Science
POLS 7060 Biopolitics
POLS 7070 The Politics of Race and Nation
POLS 7080 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights
POLS 7181 Religion and Politics
POLS 7620 Global Governance
POLS 7630 International Law
POLS 7640 Global Gender Politics
POLS 7650 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
POLS 7665 Political Economy of Migration
POLS 7680 The Politics of Climate Change
POLS 7712 Politics of East Asia
POLS 7713 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
POLS 7714 Politics of Africa South of the Sahara
POLS 7715 African Gender Politics
POLS 7716 Politics of Latin America
POLS 7730 Postcommunist Politics
POLS 7735 Global Cities
POLS 7740 Violence, Security and Politics
POLS 7750 Democratization and Global Justice
POLS 7780 Political Development
POLS 7745 Comparative Participatory Democracy and Social Movements
POLS 7760 Comparative Social Policy
POLS 7810 Genocide and Ethnic Conflict
POLS 7811 Genocide and Transitional Justice: The Case of Cambodia
POLS 7910 Masters Thesis
POLS 7940 Internship and Independent Study 1
POLS 7950 Internship and Independent Study 2
With department approval, up to 12 credits (four courses) from other departments or graduate programs may substitute for any of the electives above.

(2) Examinations: Students take a pass/fail comprehensive exam and a foreign language examination.

II. Urban Policy and Administration: The requirements for the concentration are:
(1) Courses: Eleven 7000-level courses (33 credits) with the following distribution:
1. Political Science 7000X, Statistics in Political Science
2. Political Science 7400X, Public Administration
3. Political Science 7480X, Planning for Metropolitan Areas
4. Political Science 7510X, Government of New York City/Urban Politics
5. Political Science 7570X, Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
6. One of the following three choices, a)- c):
a) Political Science 7450G, Fieldwork/Internship
b) Political Science 7910G, Master's Thesis
c) Political Science 7940X, Independent Study
7. Five electives: any courses from the political science graduate program.
(2) Examinations: Students take a pass/fail comprehensive exam.
With department approval, a maximum of nine 9 credits from other departments or graduate programs may substitute for any requirement(s) above.