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Nasatir Hall 126
Mail Code: 4427
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA, 92182-4427
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The M.A. in Political Science seeks to demonstrate both the interdependence of global political systems and the diversity of thought within the field of political science. Coursework is divided into four subfields: international relations, comparative politics, American politics, and political theory and methods. Approximately fifty students are enrolled in the program at any one time, with a new class of 17-22 students admitted every year.

Students work closely with the department’s sixteen full-time faculty, each nationally and internationally recognized across their various areas of specialization. Our department faculty is deeply committed to higher public education and to politics as both thinkers and actors, while students typically rate professors’ instruction as exceptional. Additionally, many faculty take on graduate students as research assistants, giving students a first-hand opportunity to work alongside a distinguished scholar in a field of shared interest. As students move out of the program and into various careers, professors are happy to continually serve as valuable resources and contacts.

Though academically rigorous, the program itself is flexible enough in its form to suit the needs of students from various academic backgrounds and possessed of varying professional goals.

For students who seek an M.A. degree as a springboard to entering Ph.D. programs, our program enables students to begin advanced training in Political Science theory and research design, to develop a specialized area of expertise, and to pursue original research in a M.A. thesis. Through this training, we have positioned dozens of students to enter and excel in top-ranked PhD programs over the past decade.

Students seeking additional training and credentials for a career in government, nonprofit organizations, public interest groups, research organizations or business have also found the advanced education our program confers exceptionally valuable. Some of our students on this career trajectory are already employed locally and enroll part-time. Others enroll full-time and use the degree as a tool for entry into their field. Our public policy emphasis in particular is designed to enhance job placement through an internship in an organization relevant to a student’s interests.

Other students enroll in our program seeking employment in neither academia nor outside fields, but rather out of sheer enjoyment for the field of political science.


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Professor Latha Varadarajan, Graduate Adviser
Department of Political Science
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4427
Office: NH 124

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