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


The political science master's program offers students a choice of three concentrations: political science, international affairs, or urban politics and administration.

The political science concentration combines the theories and methodologies of political science with the opportunity to specialize in one of four fields: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, or international relations.

The international affairs concentration is designed to prepare students for professional and academic careers in international affairs through programs of study tailored to their specific interests and goals. Courses range from broad overviews to seminars on specific world regions, and are combined with independent study classes and master's thesis courses in close collaboration with faculty members. To foster professional preparation, the program also publishes student work in the department's Political Science Journal and places students in internships as well as study and work opportunities abroad.

The urban policy and administration concentration, given at the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education campus at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan, provides theoretical and practical understanding of the criminal justice system, labor organizations, racial and ethnic politics, public policy processes, and New York City government. All political science courses in this concentration are taught by an experienced faculty with a broad range of connections to government agencies, community-based organizations, and labor institutions. Students develop skills in policy analysis, organizational theory, and the application of statistical concepts applied to administrative and management abilities. A wide range of internships are available. Students complete the program with a master's seminar. Graduates find professional opportunities in city, state, and federal government agencies; international agencies; not-for-profit and community-based organizations; unions; foundations; hospitals; and in the private sector. Alumni have also pursued careers in electoral politics. Students have continued their studies in doctoral programs and law schools. The program publishes Working USA: Journal of Labor and Society, a leading professional peer-reviewed academic journal found in hundreds of universities and libraries.

Matriculation requirements
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and preferably completed at least eight courses in political science or related fields. General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."
Degree requirements
Students choose one of the following three concentrations described below: Political Science, International Affairs, or Urban Policy and Administration.

I. Political Science: The requirements for the concentration in political science are:

1. Credits: Thirty credits, all from 7000-level courses. With the permission of the deputy chairperson, a maximum of 12 credits (four courses) may be transferred from graduate courses in other departments or other universities to substitute for any requirement below.

2. Distribution: Courses are grouped into four main areas of study: American government (POL 7200X-7570X), comparative politics (POL 7712X-7891X), international relations (POL 7600X-7691X), and political theory (POL 7000X7190X, excluding 7000X and 7170X). A minimum of 9 credits must be from one of these areas, which will be the student's specialization, and a minimum of 3 credits from each of the other three areas. Note: The statistics course (POL 7000X) does not count for the political theory requirement.

3. Statistics/Methodology or Language: Students must either take an approved course in statistics or methodology, in political science or another graduate program, or pass a language examination in a major language approved by the deputy chairperson other than the student's native language. Three credits are given for a statistics or methodology course; no credits are given for the language examination.

4. Comprehensive Examination or Thesis: After completing a minimum of 21 credits, students must either take a comprehensive examination or write a thesis. The examination consists of two essay questions: one in the student's area of specialization and one in any other area. Students have a choice of questions in each area but must pass both to pass the examination. No credits are given for the comprehensive examination. The thesis, taken as POL 7910G for 3 credits, consists of a sixty-page original research project. The thesis process, beginning with a proposal submitted to the department, is described in the Thesis Guidelines on the program website, http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/departments/gradpolisci/

II. International Affairs: The requirements for the concentration in international affairs are:

(1) Courses: Ten 7000-level courses (30 credits) with the following distribution:

1. Modern International Politics (POL 7610X) and two other international affairs courses (POL 7600X-7691X).
2. Comparative Politics (POL 7720X) and one other Comparative Politics course (7770X - 7891X);
3. Statistics (POL 7000Xor equivalent in other departments) or Methodology (POL 7160X);
4. One of the following four choices, a) - d):
a) Political Theory (one course chosen from POL 7010X, 7170X- 7190X, excluding POL 7170X);
b) International Internship (POL 7950G );
c) Independent Study (POL 7940X);
d) Master's Thesis (POL 7910G) (see description above).
5. Three electives: any courses from the political science graduate program.

With department approval, up to 12 credits (four courses) may be from other departments or graduate programs to substitute for any requirement(s) above.

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

III. Urban policy and administration: Thirty-three credits are required for the concentration in urban policy and administration. The following courses are required: Political Science 7000X, 7170X, 7400X, 7510X, and 7570X. The remaining 21 credits required for the degree may be chosen from courses in the Political Science Department. With permission of the deputy chairperson, a maximum of 9 credits may be in courses in related departments. Political science courses at the 25 Broadway Worker Education Center in Manhattan will be enhanced and augmented from a labor relations perspective and academic focus. Each student's program of study must be approved by the deputy chairperson for the Worker Education Center.