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The department provides graduate training leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Its nationally recognized faculty produces an extraordinary variety and volume of publications. In recent years the journals American Politics Research, Journal of Politics, and the American Journal of Political Science were edited by department faculty.

The department’s membership in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research offers access to major data collections. Research opportunities are also enhanced by the department computers and terminals, by data sets and consultative services.

The Doctor of Philosophy

The fields of doctoral study are American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public administration and public policy. The emphasis is on training students for careers in university research and teaching. Each student must demonstrate competence in two fields by successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations. Methods of conducting research are strongly emphasized.

The Master of Arts

The M.A. program serves as an intermediate degree for people pursuing the doctorate. However, because of the flexibility (9 credits of required core courses out of a total of 30), it accommodates other purposes as well, such as substantive training for teachers and journalists, community service, and intellectual enrichment.

The Master of Public Administration

The program prepares students for leadership and managerial roles in government, primarily at the local level. The program requires 42 credits of course work. Concentrations are available in municipal management, urban policy, and transportation and public works management. Eighteen of the total credits are in required core courses. Each concentration involves additional required courses. A dual degree option is available for obtaining both the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Urban Planning.

Additional information on degree requirements is available at the UWM Graduate School’s Political Science page.