The aim of the M.A. program is for students to develop a firm knowledge of the first principles of American constitutionalism and to understand the fate of those principles in American political development and contemporary American politics.

Since the first principles of American constitutionalism and subsequent developments in the American political tradition have been informed by the great works of Western political thought, students ought also to understand the critical elements of Western political thought, both classical and modern.

Requirements Summary


Overall Credit Hours


Hours minimum in each of the two tracks:

Political Philosophy and American Politics and Political Thought

Two M.A. Options

Comprehensive examination

Consists of written and oral components given during the final semester

Completion and oral defense of an M.A. thesis

Counts as 6 of the 36 required credit hours

If the master's thesis option is sought and approved, the thesis must be complete and successfully defended within two years after the completion of master's coursework.

Note: Doctoral students earn the M.A. degree after successfully passing their qualifying evaluation and after completing at least 36 credit hours.

Current M.A. Students

Caleb Boyer

M.A. Student

Lilly Duncan

M.A. Student

Nathaniel Esbenshade

M.A. Student

Brian Freimuth

M.A. Student

Stephanie Helmick

M.A. Student

Caleb Itterly

M.A. Student

Nathan Neveau

M.A. Student

Christina Slipke

M.A. Student

Christian Warner

M.A. Student

Sarah Weaver

M.A. Student