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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  May 29, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Political Science

Timothy Peterson, Director of Graduate Studies


The department offers advanced programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science and international studies. In addition, the Master of Public Administration is also offered.


The general regulations of The Graduate School of the University of South Carolina regarding admission, residency, and degree requirements are applicable to all graduate students in the Department of Political Science. In addition to The Graduate School’s application (available online at, the department requires that applicants submit materials that will provide evidence of their ability to successfully pursue and complete graduate work.

Admission is open to students with baccalaureate degrees in any field, but it is recommended that students take undergraduate course work in such areas as international studies, political science, history, economics, geography, or public administration. All applicants to the international studies, political science, and public administration degree programs must submit official transcripts of their undergraduate (and graduate) degree programs; scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE; three letters of recommendation; a personal statement; and a resume or curriculum vitae. Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Detailed guidelines for all programs can be found at

Programs and Courses



    Political Science