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Director's Message


Welcome to the Political Science graduate program at Texas State. Since its implementation, the master’s program in Political Science has provided training in the discipline of political science to students whose career goals include college teaching, research, as well as public and foreign service.

The master’s program is a small program with a faculty of 16 members, which affords the opportunity for close student-teacher interaction. Seminars are limited to approximately 15 students with an average enrollment of 12 students. Students may also take Directed Readings courses that permit students to investigate specialized research topics on a one-to-one basis.

The department is organized into four major fields: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international politics.  Students choose either the non-thesis track or the thesis track. Both tracks allow students to concentrate their studies in one or more fields. We are excited to announce a new emphasis in the American Politics field. This new emphasis has been developed for social science teachers and is offered exclusively online by program faculty.

Funding is awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching experience is considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate instructional assistantships and teaching assistantships are encouraged.

Recent graduates of the master’s program have been accepted into Ph.D. programs, applied their training to advance careers in journalism, business, as well as high school and community college education, political activism and civil service.

Interested individuals can email Dr. Cecilia Castillo, Director of the master of arts in Political Science, to learn more about our program.