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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

Inspired to Teach

John Raulston

“I earned my political science bachelor’s degree in 2000. The reason I went on to get my master’s degree at UT Tyler can be summed up in one name: Dr. Marcus Stadelmann. He is such an incredible professor and mentor. I knew I had to continue studying under him for my master’s program.

“While working on my master’s, I was able to get teaching experience by serving as a teaching assistant. I knew right away that being in front of the classroom, helping students succeed in life, was something I wanted to continue doing.

“After completing my master’s degree in 2007, I taught part-time at both UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College. In August 2010, I was hired as a full-time government instructor at Kilgore College. I have just completed my first full year of teaching at Kilgore and I feel as strongly as ever about my career choice. Teaching is what I enjoy and what I want to continue doing for years to come.”

John Raulston, Van, TX
MA Political Science, 2007

Political Science MA Degree

Develop Critical Thinking and Research Skills for Broad Career Options

Admission Requirements

The master’s in political science program from The University of Texas at Tyler provides ideal preparation for doctoral studies, teaching on a junior college level or for employment in diverse fields of industry and government.

  • Expand your career options by completing your master’s degree in just 2 years with evening courses on the UT Tyler campus.
  • Choose from 2 degree options: Non-thesis, which is designed for students seeking broad knowledge of the field; and the thesis option, which is a track especially for those students who plan to pursue doctoral study.

Alumni of the UT Tyler graduate political science program include the chief justice of the Texas 12th District Court of Appeals, as well as educators at Tyler Junior College, Trinity Valley College and Kilgore College.

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Master’s in Political Science: Fast-Paced. Thought-Provoking.

  • Study political science in four key areas: American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
  • Participate in the Model United Nations program to address global issues in a real world setting. Each year, UT Tyler graduate and undergraduate students are selected to compete in New York City.
  • Develop exceptional research skills and explore theory and literature that prepare you to teach a broader spectrum of political thought.

Political Science Faculty: Knowledgeable. Student-Focused.

  • Learn from professors who are recognized authorities in political science, frequent featured speakers at conferences and presentations and published authors of such books and articles as: Ethics and Creativity in the Political Thought of Simone Weil and Albert Camus; Gandhi and the British Empire; Explaining Japanese Aid Policy in Latin America: A Test of Competing Approaches; and Multiple Referral and U.S. House Legislative Success in the 1990s.
  • Be mentored by faculty members who have had solid career experience in such positions as legislative correspondent and legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Many professors have been widely published on topics of national and international interest.
  • Benefit from small classes that permit your active participation and ensure one-on-one interaction with your professors.

Learn about UT Tyler political science faculty

Political Science Courses: Theory-Based. Forward-Thinking.

Seminar in Scope and Methods – Complete a detailed review of the historical development of the discipline, philosophical and methodological foundations of the profession, and techniques of research and analysis.

Seminar in Political Theory – Review major trends in political, economic and social thought with an emphasis on Western and other select formative traditions.

Seminar in Comparative Politics – Study techniques of comparative analysis. Focus is on state, class, societal and systemic forces in domestic politics. Undertake an analysis of both developed and underdeveloped nation-states, regions and populations.

More about UT Tyler's graduate political science program of study

Career Outlook for Political Science
A master’s degree in political science from The University of Texas at Tyler is excellent preparation for teaching at a junior college level or for pursuing a doctoral program in political science. Since the study of political science builds on analytical thinking and research skills, students develop competencies essential to a range of careers from journalism and international relations to law and politics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job prospects for political scientists are expected to grow at a rate of 21% through 2018. For more, visit

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