Graduate Course Catalog 2015-2016
This program is offered in Durham.
Degrees Offered: M.A., M.P.A.
Certificate Offered: Sustainability Politics and Policy
About the Department of Political Science Graduate Programs
The Department of Political Science at UNH offers two graduate degree programs: the master of arts in political science and the master of public administration. Both provide advanced study in international relations and comparative politics, American politics, public policy, and public administration. The programs serve students interested in working in government, public service, nonprofit management, electoral politics, education and research, and in preparing for Ph.D. programs. These degree programs give students the flexibility to tailor their coursework to individual interests within a curriculum that ensures a strong foundation in international and domestic politics, research methods, and public management. Faculty engage in teaching and research activities encompassing the fields of international and comparative politics, American politics, political thought, and public administration.
Both programs are offered to full- and part-time students. The M.A. program is offered in Durham. The M.P.A. program offers evening courses for working professionals primarily at the Manchester campus, with some elective course offerings at the Durham campus. The MPA Program also offers a limited number of on-line courses during the academic year.
For the MA program, applicants are expected to have majored in political science or a related social science or humanities field. For the MPA program, many applicants have experience working in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. All applicants for both programs must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required for the M.A. program. M.P.A. applicants are strongly encouraged to include GRE test results with their application, but it is required only for those M.P.A. applicants requesting consideration for graduate assistant or tuition assistance awards. MPA and international applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the program director and/or the graduate program coordinator.
M.A. with Thesis Option Degree
Master's degree students must complete a minimum of 30 credits for the degree: eight courses and a 6-credit master's thesis (POLT 899). Of the eight courses, two are required seminars: Pro Seminar (POLT 900) and Introduction to Statistical Analysis (POLT 905), and are to be taken during the student's first year. Students are also required to take electives totaling 9 credits. This must include two courses in the student's major subfield (Comparative Politics, International Politics, American Politics/Public Administration, and Political Thought/Theory. Note: very limited availability in Political Thought/Theory in AY2015).
Nine credits must be completed at the 800 or 900 level from political science courses or courses offered in related disciplines. Students are encouraged to work with the MA program director to identify relevant courses of interest across the College of Liberal Arts graduate offerings. The MA program director must provide course approval for elective courses offered outside the department. Successful completion and defense of a 6-credit master's thesis is required.
M.A. Non-Thesis Option Degree
Master's degree students must complete ten courses totaling a minimum of 30 credits for the degree. Students must also pass a comprehensive exam. Of the ten courses, two are required, Pro Seminar (POLT 900) and Introduction to Statistical Analysis (POLT 905), and are to be taken during the student's first year. Students are also required to take electives totaling 9 credits. This must include two courses in the student's major subfield (Comparative Politics, International Politics, American Politics/Public Administration, Political Thought/Theory. Note: very limited availability in Political Thought/Theory for AY2015). One course in a minor subfield is also required for this degree option.
Fifteen credits must be completed at the 800 or 900 level from political science courses or a related discipline. Students are encouraged to work with the MA program director to identify relevant courses of interest across the College of Liberal Arts graduate offerings. The MA program director must provide course approval for elective courses offered outside the department.
The comprehensive examination must be successfully completed in the student's final year of study.
Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy
The Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program administered by the Department of Political Science. The Certificate gives current graduate students, alumni and others in the community training and analysis on issues connecting environmental and social sustainability, politics and policy making initiatives. Courses include seminars in political science and electives in natural resource management, sustainability, economics, and other fields. Sustainability professionals increasingly find valuable careers in the public sector, in non-profit organizations and in the private sector. Coursework includes theoretical perspectives and applied skills to address sustainability issues at the local, national, and global levels.
In accordance with Graduate School requirements, the graduate certificate in sustainability politics and policy requires:
- Completed UNH application for admission to a graduate certificate program
- Personal statement on applicant’s interest and goals regarding sustainability
- Current resume
- Official transcripts from previous undergraduate education and graduate education (if applicant has received graduate degree)
- Three letters of recommendation
Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the graduate certificate program.
The course requirements focus the debates, in both the global North and the global South, on exactly what sustainability politics should (and/or should not) include. The goal is to connect global sustainability policy debates to those occurring at the local and national levels in New England, the United States, and other countries.
This graduate certificate program requires 13 total credits.
- POLT 995/996, Independent Study “Defining and Debating Sustainability” (1 credit). The independent study will include a core list of readings on sustainability concepts and cases in wealthier and poorer societies and methodological debates about how these concepts may be measured and assessed.
- POLT 851, Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy (3 credits)
- POLT 880, International Environmental Politics (3 credits)
Electives (any two of the courses listed below) (6 credits):
Students will be advised by the certificate program director and other participating faculty members about which electives might be most appropriate and consistent with their interests and career goals. The list of approved electives affords students opportunities to focus on particular areas of environmental or social policy, or to seek to acquire additional methodological skills and disciplinary approaches in areas such as policy analysis or economics. Other electives offered by University of New Hampshire graduate programs may be approved by the sustainability certificate program director.
- POLT: 878, 912, 914, 918
- DPP: 904, 907, 952, 954, 957
- ECON: 908
- ENED: 890
- HIST: 818, 866
- NR: 801, 818, 820, 824, 838, 884, 885
- PHP: 902, 907, 914, 930, 934, 936
- SOC: 830, 880, 894