The M.A. in Politics and Policy Studies is designed to prepare students for careers
in public administration, law, policy analysis, business, education, lobbying, community
engagement, survey research, journalism and non-profit organizations as well as for
further academic training (e.g., Ph.D. programs, law school). Our program provides opportunities to enroll in small classes, enhance your data analysis
and research skills, receive personalized mentoring, and gain independent teaching
experience. Students may also apply to earn a full-tuition waiver, stipend and health
insurance by working as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA).
ProSeminar in American Politics (POLS 5703) OR ProSeminar in Comparative Politics (POLS 5403)
Quantitative Methods (POLS 5013)
Research Design (POLS 5103)
Additional course requirements:
Six hours of thesis (POLS 5000) OR three hours in Directed Study (POLS 5100) AND Formal
Report (POLS 5020)
Twelve hours of electives—up to nine of these hours can be taken outside the department
(some restrictions apply)
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As a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), you will receive a monthly stipend, health
insurance and tuition waiver.
Research and Faculty
Our faculty are well recognized for their expertise and featured in high
visibility media outlets. OSU's Political Science program prides itself in the high
quality research produced by their faculty, including NSF-funded research, but we
are especially proud of mentoring the next generation of scholars and policy practitioners.
Official undergraduate transcripts
Personal statement outlining your interest in the program and what you hope to achieve
with help of an M.A. (1-2 pages)
Email addresses of three individuals willing to write a letter of recommendation,
academic references are preferred.
3.0 undergraduate GPA
*Note: Application fee waiver offered for current and former McNair Scholars
TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers
March 1 (fall admission with funding consideration)
Cost & Assistance
The size of our program allows us to offer graduate assistantships to qualified students. These assistantships provide students with a tuition waiver, health insurance and
a stipend during the academic year. Graduate teaching assistants (GTA) are typically
responsible for attending lectures, holding office hours, leading discussion sections
and assisting with the administration of assigned undergraduate course(s).
In addition, there are opportunities to obtain financial support to present your research