A flexible, affordable graduate program tailored just for you!
We offer a master of arts (MA) degree in political science with an emphasis on building academic and practical skills in key areas of the discipline.
Research and teaching in the department center on the major fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory and public policy. However, the department also offers more specialized training in human rights, legal studies, gender politics, race and ethnic politics, European studies, indigenous politics, and urban politics.
Choose between a traditional MA track on the CU Denver Auraria Campus, or an alternative MA track through our New Directions in Politics and Public Policy Program, geared towards the non-traditional student.
What happens next?
Our graduates go on to Ph.D. programs across the country and secure positions as government officials, community-based organization leaders, private sector business professionals, legislative analysts, UN affiliates, lobbyists, teachers, media analysts and political consultants.
To apply for either of our MA programs, submit the following online:
Personal statement of about 1 ½ pages
Three reference letters (academic and/or professional)
Writing sample of about 10 pages
To pursue our 4+1 Program, please submit the following online:
If you are in your Junior Year:
- Complete Intent to BA/MA Form
- Meet with Undergraduate (Karen Breslin) and Graduate Director (Michael Berry)
- Meet with Financial Aid
If you are in your Senior Year:
- Apply for Graduation
- Complete Graduate School Application
Preferred Application Deadlines
Summer semester applicants - April 1
Fall semester applicants - May 1
Spring semester applicants - November 1
Learning Goals & Objectives for Graduates
In their introductory classes, and continuing at successively higher levels across their departmental studies, Political Science students will consistently improve their: