Behavioral & Social Sciences

Degree Plan for MA in Political Science

The Master of Arts in Political Science is designed to serve the needs of students who are interested in teaching and research at the college level, who are preparing for political or administrative careers in public or governmental service, or who are preparing for careers in secondary education.

Non-thesis students must complete 36 semester credit hours of graduate course work consisting of the following:

  • Minimum eighteen semester credit hours of graduate course work in Political Science, including PS 5307.
  • Nine to eighteen semester credit hours of course work from outside of Political Science as advised by major advisor.
  • If less than 18 semester credit hours of course work is used in the sup­porting area from related disciplines, up to nine additional semester credit hours of graduate Political Science course work can be used to bring the total to 36 semester credit hours.

Plus, completion of the comprehensive exam requirements.

 

Thesis students must complete 30 semester credit hours of graduate course work consisting of the following:

  • Minimum eighteen semester credit hours of graduate course work in Political Science, including PS 5307.
  • Thesis courses, PS 6301 -6302.
  • An additional six semester credit hours of course work from the following:
    • HIST 5308 Seminar in European History
    • HIST 5310 Seminar in American History
    • GBA 5308 Problems in Business Administration
    • or other non-Political Science courses from related disciplines as ad­vised by major advisor.

 

For information about a MA in Political Science at Sul Ross, contact Dr. Amy Moreland.

Degree Plan for MA in Public Administration

The Master of Arts in Public Administration is designed to meet the needs of individuals currently employed in, or desiring careers in, public service.

The degree requires 36 semester credit hours of coursework, including:

15 SCH in Required Courses:

  • PS 5303 Public Administration Survey
  • PS 5307 Scope and Methods in Social Science
  • PS 5310 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PS 5311 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PS 5313 Public Policy Analysis

6 SCH Chosen from the Following Courses:

  • PS 5301 Seminar in Comparative Government and Public Policy
  • PS 5302 Seminar in International Relations and Public Policy
  • PS 5315 Local Government Administration
  • PS 5316 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PS 5317 Seminar in US Government

9 -12 SCH in a Related Discipline

3-6 SCH of Additional Coursework in Political Science, to bring the total SCH to 36.

Plus, completion of the comprehensive exam requirements.

For information about a MA in Public Administration at Sul Ross, contact Dr. Amy Moreland.

Comprehensive Exam for Master's of Public Administration or Political Science

Comprehensive Exam Procedures for
Master of Arts in Public Administration and Master of Arts in Political Science

As part of the degree requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Public Administration or Political Science, each graduate student must pass a comprehensive examination of their coursework.  The exam consists of a take-home written component and an oral component.

Scheduling the Exam

After mid-term of the last semester of the student’s coursework in the MA program, the student should consult with their Public Administration/Political Science advisor to form an exam committee. The committee will be comprised of three Sul Ross State University faculty members. At least two committee members must be from the Public Administration/Political Science faculty.  One member of the committee may be from a related discipline.  The chair of the committee will be the student’s Public Administration/Political Science advisor.  The committee will evaluate the written exam and administer the oral exam.

When the student is ready is schedule the comprehensive exam, the student should complete the scheduling form on page 2 of the attached document. 

Structure of the Exam

The take-home written exam will consist of three to four essay questions about the student’s coursework. Each member of the committee may submit one question, or committee members may collaborate to create questions. During the written exam, students can consult course readings, and assignments, as long as all resources are properly cited. The questions for the written exam will be emailed to the student on the day of the exam. Students will have 48 hours to complete the exam.

The oral exam should be conducted approximately two weeks after the written exam. During the oral exam, committee members will ask the student to explain or elaborate upon their answers from the written exam. Students must take the oral exam in person, on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. However, the committee members may decide, on a case-by-case basis, to allow distance education students to complete the oral exam by phone. The oral exam will last approximately one hour.

Preparing for the Exam

Students can begin preparing for the comprehensive exam by gathering readings and assignments from previous Public Administration/Political Science coursework. Past students have prepared for the comprehensive exam by reviewing assignments, readings, final exams, and research projects from their Public Administration/Political Science coursework.

Comprehensive Exam Scheduling Form

To schedule your exam, complete and submit the form on page 2 of this document.

Associate Professor of Geography and Sociology


Associate Professor of Geography and Sociology
Behavioral & Social Sciences
pwright@sulross.edu
(432) 837-8150
Fax: (432) 837-8146
Office: LH 306
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832

Curator and Lecturer


Curator and Lecturer
Behavioral & Social Sciences
mwalter@sulross.edu
(432) 837-8735
Fax: (432) 837-8146
Office: MOBB
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832

Part-Time Lecturer


Part-Time Lecturer
Behavioral & Social Sciences
mrich@sulross.edu
(432) 837-8162
Fax: (432) 837-8146
Office: LH 202
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Assistant Professor of Psychology
Behavioral & Social Sciences
apowers@sulross.edu
(432) 837-8275
Fax: (432) 837-8146
Office: LH 307
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832

Associate Professor of History and Special Assistant to the President


Associate Professor of History and Special Assistant to the President
Behavioral & Social Sciences
jparsons@sulross.edu
(432) 837-8148
Fax: (432) 837-8146
Office: LH 211
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832

Lecturer in History and Women's Studies


Lecturer in History and Women's Studies
Behavioral & Social Sciences
ajohnson@sulross.edu
(432) 837-8667
Fax: (432) 837-8714
Office: MAB 103-C
Address: Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX 79832

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