Banner Image

FAQ about the Politics Masters programs


Q: Is there a minimum GRE score?
Q: Do students frequently work while in the program?
Q: Are campus jobs available for graduate students?
Q: What is the age range of graduate students? Do any have families?
Q: Where should I live?
Q: Will I need a car?
Q: What airports are closest?
Q: How many classes do students typically take per semester?
Q: How many semesters does it take to complete the course work?
Q: What summer courses are offered?
Q: Do students in the Masters program have a better chance of admission to the Ph.D.?

 

Q: Is there a minimum GRE score?
A: There is no minimum score that serves as a cutoff point. The verbal score is more important than quantitative or writing.

Q: Do students frequently work while in the program?
A: Some students work part-time jobs while in the program. Working usually means that it will take longer to finish, because it is hard to work and take a full load of courses. On the other hand, it is not prudent to burden oneself with massive loans.

Q: Are campus jobs available for graduate students?
A: Most campus jobs go to undergraduates as part of the Federal Work-Study program. However, students occasionally find positions on campus. Others work off campus. See the Human Resources department for employment opportunities at UD.

Q: What is the age range of graduate students? Do any have families?
A: Almost all are in their early to late 20s. Some come directly out of undergraduate studies. Others have worked or done other things for several years. Perhaps a quarter of our graduate students are married. A few have young children.

Q: Where should I live?
A: The only apartment complex within easy walking distance is Tower Village, which is across the street from campus. A number of graduate students also live in the Colony Apartments, which are about 3 miles from campus. There are many other apartments in the area. Some students have also found that extended stay hotels are a good option when first moving to the area.

Q: Will I need a car?
A: Although bus service is available, and there is a new DART rail station on the northeast side of campus, public transportation tends to be inconvenient to use because buses and trains do not run as often as one would like to the places where one would like to go. Still, it is useable. Having a car is useful but not indispensable. Among one's friends, there is usually someone who drives. There are no shopping locations in easy walking distance from campus, but the number and quality of stores within 5 miles is excellent.

Q: What airports are closest?
A: Dallas/Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field are about equally close, 20 minutes by car (longer in rush hour).

Q: How many classes do students typically take per semester?
A: Students usually take 9 to 12 credits a semester (3 or 4 classes).

Q: How many semesters does it take to complete the course work?
A: Most students finish in three semesters. However, it is possible to complete the course requirements in two semesters if you are in the M.A. in Politics program. For this degree, you need 8 courses plus a thesis. The thesis can be written during the summer after course work is completed. However, there is also a language requirement for the M.A. degree. For details, click here.

If you are in the Masters of Politics program, you need a total of 10 courses, and there is no thesis or language requirement. It is difficult to find time to do five courses per semester because graduate courses generally require substantial papers and reading. However, it is not impossible and some students have done it.

If you have taken comparable graduate courses at another institution with good grades, you can transfer up to 9 hours, which makes it possible to finish the Masters of Politics in two semesters. Click here for details regarding transfer credits (see page 249).

Q: What summer courses are offered?
A: In recent years the Politics Department has offered one graduate course per summer. Greek and Latin are offered annually in intensive summer courses.

Q: Do students in the Masters program have a better chance of admission to the Ph.D.?
A: Masters students who apply for the Ph.D. program are judged primarily on their performance in Politics graduate courses and less on other factors. Masters students therefore increase their chances of admission if their performance is better than what would have been expected on the basis of their original applications.

Sign In
Forgot Password? ×