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MA in Political Science


Course Description

An international leader in the discipline, Binghamton University's Department of Political Science is ranked in the top 20 by the 2010 NRC Study, and 19th in the world by the Hix study, with faculty who publish widely and are leaders in their fields. The graduate program offers the MA and PhD, and has an outstanding record of PhD placement at research universities.

The program emphasizes a broadly-based theoretical understanding of political behavior and institutions, coupled with the ability to carry out systematic empirical analysis. PhD students choose two substantive foci from among American politics, comparative politics, or world politics; MA students need only develop a specialization in one substantive area.

The primary goal at the PhD level is to educate scholars who will contribute to the development of political science through careers in teaching and research. The MA can be taken in either of two tracks, one requiring the completion of a thesis, the other a comprehensive exam. Either track provides graduates with advanced training suitable for policy analysis, journalism or other professional careers. Our graduates leave Binghamton University prepared for employment in academia, research institutes, government or private industry.

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: Assistant Professor at Boise State University, Assistant Professor at University of Oklahoma, Assistant Professor at University of Georgia, Assistant Professor at University of Alabama, Assistant Professor at University of Mississippi, Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, Post Doctoral Fellowship at University of Oklahoma.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Visit the MA in Political Science page on the Binghamton University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Diane Wong

4934.JPG “I like to tell people: ‘I don’t sleep much, but I dream plenty,’” she said. “That’s what keeps me going. I have all of these ideas and things that I am passionate about. It fuels me.”

Wong’s research on race, ethnicity and political behavior helped her become one of a dozen American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellows for 2012-13. A double major in political science and Asian and Asian American Studies, Wong is also one of two Binghamton University students among the 12 (senior Vanessa Quince is the other). It is the third consecutive year that students from the University’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program have been named APSA fellows.

Wong, who entered Binghamton University after spending a semester at Queens College, thought she would be interested in medicine or pre-law. But a class with Lisa Yun, associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, helped Wong discover her academic calling.

“That (course) introduced me to the experiences and lives of Asians in America,” she said. “It opened up questions for me about race, ethnicity and how community can get engaged in the national discourse. … I didn’t really find my own research interests until I examined how my two majors intersect.”

While she has conducted research with political science professors David Cingranelli and Patrick Regan, Wong got hands-on experience in her topic last summer at The Leadership Alliance program at Columbia University. She worked with a professor and graduate student on immigrant political behavior, traveling to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose to administer surveys in ethnic communities.

“I’ve never had field research experience like that before,” she said. “By talking to Latino, Asian-American and black communities, I collected a lot of interesting personal narratives about their views on politics and race relations that don’t normally get incorporated into studies or the political decision-making process.”

For Yun, students such as Wong “make teaching a deeply rewarding experience.”

“Her optimism, curiosity and love of learning is what inspires me,” Yun said. “Mentoring Diane became a dialogue, when I also learned from her. This is the best situation one could have with advanced students. As professors, we can engage learning as guides and advisors, but in the end, the brilliance comes from these young people themselves. We get to take a short journey together with fresh perspectives on life.”


(Scholarship)

Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students - No. of awards TBC

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Candidates must:
-Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
-Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
-Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.

Application Procedure

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/clifford-clark-fellowship.html


(Scholarship)

George L. Hinman Doctoral Fellowship in Public Policy - No. of awards TBC

N/A

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Established in honor of a former member of the State Board of Regents who was instrumental in the founding of Harpur College, this fellowship is awarded to a doctoral student in political science.

Application Procedure

Recipients chosen by the Department of Political Science.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#polisci-hinman


(Scholarship)

Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.

Application Procedure

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/financial-aid/scholarship_pages/elizabeth_knapp_scholarship.html


(Scholarship)

University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#university-women



Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required.

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