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Master of Arts in Political Science

MA Advisor

Dr. James Chamberlain
Assistant Professor

Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Phone: (662) 325-2711
Email: jac1287@msstate.edu

The Master of Arts in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers the Master of Arts in Political Science degree with a diverse faculty maintaining a broad research agenda. The degree is intended to prepare students for academic careers in research and teaching, and professional careers in public service or the private sector. It may thus serve the needs of both students and practitioners of government, politics, and business.
The degree program has a favorable faculty-to-student ratio, which permits students to have close contact with faculty. We enroll students from Mississippi, as well other states and countries. Many MA graduates enroll in law school or pursue Ph.D. degrees in political science.
Students take 30 to 33 hours, depending on the thesis or non-thesis option. Students opting out of the thesis must pass comprehensive exams on all coursework.

Master of Political Science recent graduates have achieved:


- Acceptance as Ph.D. students at the University of Southern Mississippi, University of Alabama, the University of New Orleans, Vanderbilt University, and Texas A & M.

- Acceptance as law school students at the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Tulsa.

- Presidential Management Internships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of the Navy.

Courses in the MA Program


PS 6183

The Judicial Process

PPA 8903

Cross-Listed Required Course

Public Policy

PS 6283

Public Opinion

PPA 8803

Cross-Listed Required Course Research Methods for Public Affairs

PS 6453

Western Political Theory

PS 6743

Environmental Policy

PS 6293

Political Behavior

PS 6990

Democracy and Democratization

PS 6553

West European Politics



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Contact Info

Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu