Government and Politics, Master of Arts

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


The Department offers graduate training leading to a Master of Arts in Government and Politics.  The Department's mission is to educate its graduate students about the institutions, theories and political processes in local, state, federal and international governments and organizations.  The program prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities.  These include careers in the civil or foreign services, positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, careers in the field of education, or for further study as doctoral or law students.


The Government & Politics Department offers five areas of concentration:

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

Comprehensive Examination
Students pursuing a degree under either option are required to complete a comprehensive examination which tests the student’s knowledge in a  field of concentration. To register for the exam, students must complete the Department comprehensive examination application by the posted deadline and meet with the Chair or Rome advisor.

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

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Entrance Requirements
For admission to graduate studies in Government & 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 g.p.a.  Any deficiency in preparation may require supplementary course work for admission in the form of suitable graduate courses, as determined by the Admissions Committee.

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

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Global Approach to Education

The Department of Government & Politics offers students the opportunity to complete the M.A. degree in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations at the University’s Rome Campus. The program in Rome requires a minimum of 33 semester hours in course work, including Gov 205.

Students may complete the International Law and Diplomacy Certificate Program along with or in lieu of their M.A. degree.

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