Government and Politics, Master of Arts

33 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Rome Campus


The 33-credit Master of Arts in Government and Politics offers graduate students comprehensive study of the institutions, theories, and political processes in local, state, federal, and international governments and organizations. The program prepares students for an array of opportunities in the civil or foreign services, positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, careers in education, or for further study as doctoral or law students.  

Students may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis track toward completion of this degree.


Students may choose among five areas of concentration for the M.A. Government and Politics degree:

  • American Government  (Queens campus only)
  • Comparative Government (Queens campus only)
  • International Relations (Queens or Rome campuses)
  • Political Theory (Queens campus only)
  • Public Policy and Administration (Queens campus only)

Comprehensive Examination
All students pursuing the M.A. Government and Politics are required to complete a comprehensive examination. The exam is taken during the last semester of studies and tests students’ knowledge in their concentrations. To register for the exam, students must complete the comprehensive exam application by the deadline posted in the Graduate Bulletin, and meet with the Chair or Rome advisor.

Department Contact

Diane Heith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Government and Politics
St. John Hall Room 234

Rome Campus Contact

Margherita Panzera
Assistant Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Via Marcantonio Colonna 21A
Rome, Italy
+39 06 393842

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Entrance Requirements
For admission to graduate studies in Government and Politics, students are expected to have an undergraduate preparation of at least 18 credits in Government and Politics/Political Science or equivalent and a 3.0 GPA.  Any deficiency in preparation may require supplementary or conditional credits in the form of suitable graduate courses, as determined by the department.

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission


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Global Approach to Education

Why Study in Rome as a Graduate Student?       

Students in the graduate programs at St. John’s University’s Rome campus have the best of both worlds by earning an American degree while living in a major European center of government, politics, international organizations, and multinational corporations.  

Since the programs for both the M.A. and the M.B.A. programs are the same on both the Queens, New York and Rome campuses, students have the option to spend semesters at different locations. St. John’s has a working campus in Paris, which will soon offer M.A. students the chance to complete another specialized certificate during their summer months. Global Destination Courses allow M.B.A. students to complete part of their studies elsewhere in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students in the M.A. program may also take intersession destination courses as they are available.

Students taking courses on the Rome campus benefit from small class sizes and distinguished faculty. All faculty members teaching in the M.A. program hold doctoral degrees and come from the New York campus, while M.B.A. faculty are a mix of senior-level professors from New York and local instructors with experience in the European market. Students in the thesis track work closely with faculty to plan and execute a research study while responding creatively to an intellectual challenge determined by their own interests and concentration.

The many different government agencies and international and non-profit organizations in Rome offer students diverse internship opportunities, many of which are paid and full-time. These allow students to build their professional networks with worldwide contacts and add international work experience to their resumes.

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