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 policy 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 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.

In the urban policy and administration masters program, 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 three concentrations: Political Science, International Affairs, or Urban Policy and Administration.

I. Political Science: The requirements for the concentration 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 (Political Science 7200X-7570X),comparative politics (Political Science 7712X-7891X), international relations (Political Science 7600X-7691X), and political theory (Political Science 7010X-7190X, 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 (Political Science 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 Political Science 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 are:

(1) Courses: Eleven 7000-level courses (33 credits) with the following distribution:

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

With department approval, up to 12 credits (four courses) from other departments or graduate programs may 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: 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.