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The M.A. course serves to further educate students in political science and political science research methods. Students take at least five courses at the Institute for Political Science and master one of the research instruments used in the discipline (e.g. quantitative methods and formal modeling). At the same time, students can develop their curriculum around a specific area of ​​interest or sub-area.

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What is political science?

Political science is an academic discipline that focuses on understanding the exercise of power in different contexts. The American politics sub-area focuses on party politics, elections, branches of government, public order, social movements, and other political and state issues in the United States. The branch of comparative political science examines similar issues in countries other than the USA and tries to find out how differences in culture, level of development, social structures and forms of government influence the way in which politics is carried out worldwide. The International Relations sub-area examines the relationships between states in the international system and also deals with international institutions, transnational organizations and the role of norms and law in international affairs. The sub-area of ​​Political Theory focuses on normative issues such as justice and legitimacy in politics, both through studying the history of political thought and through trying to make original contributions to thinking about classical problems.

Why Columbia's Master of Arts in Political Science?

Our Master of Arts program has a strong focus on political science research and analysis. With access to Ph.D.-level courses and integration into the department's intellectual environment, including stimulating workshops and seminars, we offer the highest quality research to M.A. students. In addition, the department offers a one-semester proseminar, which is specially designed to introduce M.A. students to the research of the department, the approaches of the various sub-areas and the latest developments in the political science discipline.

Another advantage of the Columbia M.A. program over larger programs is the size of the cohort. Since we only accept around twenty students each year, each student receives individual advice and one-on-one support from the faculty of the department.

Which professions can I do with an M.A. hit political science?

An M.A. in Political Science offers an advanced degree in Political Science and Policy Analysis that makes our graduates strong candidates for positions in many fields including political consulting, government, international organizations, business, law, and journalism. The M.A. program can also mark the beginning of an academic career. The program offers professionalization workshops both for students who are interested in an academic career and for those who want to pursue a career outside the university sector.

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