Political Science and International Relations
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The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers both master's and doctoral degrees. The graduate program is a PhD focused program consisting of coursework during the first six semesters followed by dissertation research and writing. A limited number of students interested in a terminal MA degree will be admitted. The degree is a two-year, 38 credit program. The PhD program is a 62 credit hour program. Students admitted for the MA but who wish to pursue the PhD degree may apply to the PhD program during their second year of the graduate program.
Graduate study in the department is organized around the theme of global governance. Global governance may be defined as an approach to politics and public policy that transcends the nation-state and its formal institutions of government. It is global because it recognizes that virtually all problems on the public agenda - environment, gender, security, migration, etc - transcend in their scope, source, and solution national boundaries. It is governance (rather than "government") because non-formal, non-state actors - nongovernmental organizations, interest groups, professional associations, and so forth - have increasingly been accorded legitimacy in rule-making and rule-enforcement. The global governance perspective does not insist that the traditional nation-state has collapsed, or even that such a collapse is inevitable. It does suggest, however, that we will increasingly live in a world characterized by powerful tensions between the formal governmental institutions of individual nation-states on the one hand and a vast array of transnational, non-state forces on the other. It is this tension, with each set of forces laying claim to political legitimacy that will shape the politics of the next century.
Requirements For Admission
Those seeking admittance and possible financial assistance should submit a completed application by February 1 for admission effective the following semester.
To be accepted into the program students are evaluated on several criteria:
Performance on the GRE. The GRE General Test has recently been revised. We recommend a minimum of 315 for combined verbal and math aptitude scores for consideration for admission.
Undergraduate grade-point averages (normally a 3.0 overall and 3.25 in major field and a 3.5 in any prior graduate work in political science).
Three letters of recommendation.
For international students, a TOEFL score (normally at least 600 paper-based or 100 internet-based).
Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of written work.
Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.
For Students with Previous Graduate Education:
Students arriving with an MA degree, in political science or another discipline, must nonetheless begin anew in our program and complete all its requirements, including core and track course work.
According to University policy up to nine credits from previous graduate coursework – credits NOT used to obtain a degree elsewhere, however – may transfer in to UD. These must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies after reviewing relevant syllabi, and generally transfer in as elective credits.
In some instances it may be appropriate for the Director of Graduate Studies to permit the substitution of another UD course for a course requirement that has already been fulfilled by a very similar course taken at a previous institution. However, this may be done no more than twice for any given student, and the replacement course should be related to the forgiven course (e.g. a more advanced UD methods course may be substituted for our POSC 815 if a course similar to 815 was taken elsewhere; an upper level topical or theory course might substitute for an introductory one, etc).
Normal Progress Toward Degree
According to University policy, to be considered in "good academic standing" a student must maintain a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale each semester. To be eligible for an advanced degree, a student's cumulative grade point average shall be at least 3.00 and a student's grades in courses counted toward the degree requirements of the program shall equal at least a 3.00. A grade below a B- will not be counted toward the course requirements for a degree but is calculated in the student's cumulative grade point average.
Students should avoid accumulating grades of "incomplete". A student who fails to remove an incomplete from his or her record by the end of the sixth week of the semester following that in which it was awarded will be considered no longer making normal progress toward the degree.
An assessment of each student's performance and progress is undertaken at the end of each fall semester by the Director of Graduate Studies in conjunction with other Department faculty. The purpose of this effort is to identify any academic problems that may impede progress toward a degree as early as practicable in a student's graduate career, and to make recommendations for appropriate courses of action.
Funding is available to graduate students in the form of graduate assistantships (for teaching and/or research), tuition scholarships and University fellowships. These awards are merit based.
Students who receive graduate assistantships or fellowships must achieve a grade of B or higher in every course while taking a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (unless fewer than 9 credits are needed to complete the credit requirements for the degree). Retention of funding from the Department normally requires a student to maintain a GPA of above 3.50. Occasionally there is a re-allocation of funding in December, especially if new resources have come available. In addition, all funding allocations are reviewed each February by the Graduate Admissions Committee, to make funding decisions for the coming year. If a student is in jeopardy of losing funding, the Department will follow University procedures and give written notice of this, and a timeframe in which a student may improve their performance.
Students who receive graduate assistantships or fellowships are expected to work 20 hours per week and must satisfactorily fulfill the requirements of their positions. Work may consist of teaching or research.
Any student who, in the judgment of the Director of Graduate Studies, with the advice of the graduate faculty, fails to demonstrate sufficiently strong performance in his or her studies, research, and teaching (as applicable) will be subject to the suspension of his or her graduate assistantship, fellowship or tuition scholarship, as per University procedures.
Funding is awarded on an annual basis. Students entering the graduate program with funding may anticipate funding for up to four years, depending upon academic performance faculty evaluations, and performance as graduate assistant. Funding for the spring semester of the fourth year is contingent on successful completion of the dissertation proposal defense. Per Section 10.b of the Graduate handbook, all dissertation proposal defenses must be held at the end of the spring semester of the student's third year or the beginning of the fourth year (but not later than October 1 of the student's fourth year). Funding for the spring semester of the fourth year is contingent upon having passed the candidacy examination. Unfunded students who do not meet this deadline will not be offered teaching opportunities.
Requirements for the DegreesRequirements for the PhD Degree
Students will be assigned an advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students who wish to change advisors are free to do so, but must fill out a change of advisor form available in the department office, obtain the necessary signatures, and return the form to the Graduate Secretary in the Department office.
Students are encouraged to have their programs reviewed each semester by their advisors. More frequent consultation with the advisor is encouraged to insure satisfactory progress towards the degree.
Students must keep the Department and their advisors informed of their current contact information.
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