M.A. students may enroll in an internship course (POSI 5370) if they are interning or are employed by a unit of federal, state, regional, or local government. The student must secure a position himself/herself. Neither the political science department nor the graduate director places students in internship positions. The graduate director will make available information about any positions that are brought to the department’s attention. Students who work 20 hours per week for at least 14 weeks may receive 3 credit hours.
The graduate director will provide students with a syllabus listing the requirements for the internship. The graduate director will be the instructor of record for all students enrolled in the internship course. Visit TRACS for help with finding an internship.
Students, with permission from the graduate director, may take up to two directed reading courses (POSI 5398). These courses must be taken with two different professors and with a different emphasis. Students may only enroll in directed readings with professors with whom they have taken an M.A. course. Directed readings courses are to provide the student with advanced studies beyond the scope of in-class coursework. POSI 5398 may not be taken in the first semester of coursework. A directed reading course is required for thesis students.
Up to 6 hours of graduate-level courses taken as a post-graduate certification, non-degree, or certificate student with a grade of “B” or better may be permitted for degree credit, after a student is granted regular degree-seeking admission. Such credit requires approval of the Dean of the Graduate College.
A maximum of 6 semester hours of credit earned at another institution may be accepted as transfer credit and applied toward the master’s degree. Those hours must fulfill certain requirements; speak with the program director for more information.