Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF LAW & POLITICAL SCIENCE | Department of Government and International Relations | Master of Arts in Political Science | NDU

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The mission of the Master’s Degree in Political Science is to build on the attributes of high intellect, moral integrity, enlightened citizenship, human solidarity, and responsible leadership to provide students with a theoretical and professional foundation for their careers. Rooted specifically in the Maronite Catholic traditions of NDU, graduates will be able to carry out independent and critical original research, work in applied fields such as government, civil society, the media, or private enterprise, and link their scholarly training to the improvement of conditions in society as a whole within a global context.


Program Educational Objectives

The Department of Political Science offers graduate work leading to the Master of Art in Political Science. This Master‘s program is aimed at those students planning or embarking upon a career in public service and in related fields.


Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to:
  1. 1.Carry out original research in the field of political science and present publishable papers on the topic;
  2. 2.Analyze and critique the implementation of international research methods in the MENA region and develop adequate approaches compatible to their field of study;
  3. 3.Provide analysis to prospective employers in need of expertise in the MENA region.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a B.A. in Political Science, or Public Administration, or International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passing of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 600 is required (p. 66 general catalogue), students’ undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, work experience, letters of recommendation, motivation for a career and leadership are all taken into consideration. The Faculty may require the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and the following prerequisite courses may be required of non-major applicants.

  1. 1.M.A. in Political Science: IAF 211, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition;
  2. 2.M.A. in Public Administration: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition;
  3. 3.M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy: IAF 211, IAF 321, POS 201 or equivalent by petition;
  4. 4.M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis: IAF 211, IAF 401, POS 442.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of MA in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0/4.0: 36 credits of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination; or Successful completion of 30 credits course work and six credits thesis.
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