The mission of the Master of Arts in Political Science is to build on the attributes of refined 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.Carry out original research in the field of political science and present publishable papers on the topic.
- 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.Provide analysis to prospective employers in need of expertise in the MENA region.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should
have a BA in Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and
Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.
Successful passage of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 60 is mandatory. Additionally, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Factors such as work experience, letters of recommendation, and motivation for a career and leadership are all considered. The faculty may necessitate the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and non-major applicants may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses.
- 1.MA in Political Science: IAF 211, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition.
- 2.MA in Public Administration: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition.
- 3.MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy: IAF 211, IAF 321, POS 201 or equivalent by petition.
- 4.MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis: IAF 211, IAF 401, POS 442.
Students seeking an MA in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements
and complete one of the following two options of course work in addition to a
comprehensive written and oral examination, or successful completion of 30 credits
course work and 6 credits thesis. The minimum passing grade of a graduate course is
“C.” Students in graduate studies are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least
3.0 in all courses taken for graduate programs with no more than 2 “Cs” per program.