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Employment of political scientists is projected to grow faster than average, reflecting the growing importance of public policy and research. Job opportunities should be best for job seekers with a master's degree in a social science and with strong quantitative skills. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

OpenHouseRegisterButtonEffective Spring 2017 - The Master of Arts in Political and Justice Studies is not accepting any new students. This program is undergoing a revision to an Interdisciplinary Political and Social Justice M.A. Program. Please check with the College of Arts and Sciences for its availability in 2018. 

Employment of political scientists is projected to grow faster than average, reflecting the growing importance of public policy and research. Job opportunities should be best for job seekers with a master's degree in a social science and with strong quantitative skills.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition 

Comprehensive Curriculum
The curriculum concentrates on American politics, justice studies, public policy formulation and evaluation, comparative politics and international relations. The graduate major in Political and Justice Studies is designed to develop the conceptual abilities and substantive knowledge needed to acquire an understanding of political behavior, current policy issues, problems, and changes in government and society. The curriculum addresses the areas of American politics, justice studies, public policy formulation and evaluation, comparative politics and international relations. The major and its related course offerings provide individuals with the opportunity to study areas such as American government and public policy, justice studies, comparative politics and international affairs. The graduate program provides an academic foundation for students seeking careers in higher education, the legal profession, state or local governments, the nonprofit sector, the federal bureaucracy, justice related fields, or organizations that monitor political and social processes or influence the content of public policy. 

Choice of Careers
As a graduate, you will gain the academic foundation to seek a career in higher education, the legal profession, state or local governments, the nonprofit sector, the federal bureaucracy, justice related fields, or organizations that monitor political and social processes or influence public policy. 

Program Requirements/Options
You should have an undergraduate major or minor in political science, criminal justice, or a degree in one of the social sciences or humanities. To complete the master's program, you are required to choose a thesis/project, a directed readings option, or an internship project and paper option.

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Off-Campus Opportunities
As part of the program's commitment to provide flexible, adult-centered education, classes are offered at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

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