Scholarships, Work Opportunities, and Financial Support
The Political Science department offers two forms of financial support to our MA students: Terhune Scholarships for incoming students and employment as Teaching or Research Assistants. In addition, there are multiple campus-wide scholarship and fellowship opportunities and extramural scholarships
We offer Terhune Fellowships to the top applicants and continuing students in our program each year, with amounts generally ranging from $1,000- $4,000. All those who have a complete application on file by February 15 for the Fall Semester are automatically considered for Terhune support. If you have been selected as a fellowship awardee, you will be notified at the same time as you learn of your admission to the program (generally by the beginning of March).
TAs typically lead discussion sections as well as assist with grading exams and papers. This experience is especially valuable for those who think they might like to teach as part of their career. The department offers new TAs training and support as they learn the skills they need to be effective teachers.
For more information, please see the TA/GA Handbook on the Graduate Studies website.
There are also some employment opportunities for graduate students as Graduate Assistants, who either serve as graders (without the responsibility for leading discussion sections) or as research assistants for faculty who have grant support to hire students to work with them.
For more information, please see the TA/GA Handbook on the Graduate Division website.
There are two funding opportunities for Masters students that are competitive across the campus and that are based upon nominations by departments. The Political Science Graduate Admissions committee will select our top candidates to nominate for these awards each year. Students cannot apply for them directly. In previous years, our department has been awarded no more than one or two of these per year.
- The Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship (PGRF) is a university-wide competition designed to recruit non-resident graduate students who demonstrate outstanding potential for achievement in research or creative activity. Awards provide a waiver of non-resident tuition for the first year of an SDSU graduate program, and are renewable subject to good academic standing. Renewals provide a maximum of 5 semesters overall for master’s students. Nominations are accepted only for new, incoming students.
- The Master's Research Scholarship directs institutional funding to support recruitment, retention, and timely degree completion for excellent master’s students engaged in scholarship advancing the university's goals for research and creative activity, with awards of $10,000. Nominations for these awards may be for incoming or continuing Master's students.
Professor Kristen Maher
Office: Nasatir Hall (NH) 121
Email: [email protected]
Advising Hours (Spring 2024)In-person office hours (NH 121): TH 2:30-4 p.m.
Please email to to make zoom appointments on other days/times.