Political Science MA Degree

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Social Sciences
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone: 903.566.7371

Degree Information
Dr. Randy LeBlanc
Email: rleblanc@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7371

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

Program Information

Degree: MA

Hours: 36

College: Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $15,156 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state on-campus enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

Student Research:  Yes

Test Score Required: No

GPA: A satisfactory grade-point average on all prior advanced-level (junior, senior and graduate) work (minimum GPA - 3.0)

Letters of Recommendation: No

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No

Statement of Purpose:  Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply

Career Outlook: 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.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Meet a University of Texas at Tyler graduate student.

Broaden Your Options With Critical Thinking & Research Skills

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 two years with evening courses on the UT Tyler campus.
  • Choose from two 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.

Learn more from the Department of Political Science.

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.

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