Politics (MA)

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Program Description

The MA program in Politics has two tracks: the regular track and the pre-PhD track. Classes on the regular track commence in the Fall term; those wishing to follow this track should apply for the Fall admission. Classes on the pre-PhD track commence in Summer Session 1; those wishing to follow the pre-PhD track should apply for summer admission.

The Master of Arts in Politics is a terminal master’s degree.  The curriculum is designed to expose students to substantive knowledge and scholarly research in political science in order to help students develop critical thinking, analytical, research, and writing skills.  
Students who pursue a Master of Arts in Politics specialize in one of the following fields of study: political philosophy and theory, American politics, political economy, or comparative politics. 
Our MA program offers foundational training in the study of politics, and we are committed to providing our students with both practical skills and sound theoretical knowledge.  Alumni of the program have embarked on successful professional careers in government and the public sector, non-profits, and the private sector, while others have gone on to pursue a PhD in political science or other related fields.

Dual Degree

The Politics Department offers a dual degree with the NYU School of Law: Politics MA/Law JD.

See Politics for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Politics for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.