2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Relations, MA/Political Science, PhD

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Shana Gadarian, Chair, Political Science
100D Eggers Hall
315-443-3718, sgadaria@syr.edu
Christopher Faricy
Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science
100E Eggers Hall
315-443-8288, cgfaricy@syr.edu


All Faculty in PSC and in PAIA


Joint-degree students receive the M.A. in International Relations and the Ph.D. (but not the M.A.) in Political Science by completing a total of 79 credit hours - 58 hours of coursework along with 21 dissertation credits.
The following courses will simultaneously count toward both degree programs: PSC 651, PSC 693, PSC 783, PSC 792, PAI 762, PAI 763, and PAI 720 or PAI 723. All joint degree students must demonstrate competency in a second modern foreign language.

All Ph.D. students are required to pass qualifying examinations in two chosen fields of specialization, generally by the end of the third year. Students must also write and defend a doctoral dissertation.

Students with general questions and inquiries concerning procedures regarding this joint degree can contact Candy Brooks, Political Science Academic Advisor (cbrook01@syr.edu) or Joshua Kennedy, Associate Director, Student Services, Public Administration and International Affairs (jjkenn01@syr.edu).


GRE tests for all applicants & TOEFL test for international applicants

Financial Support

Like other Ph.D. students in political science, joint degree students will be eligible for department assistantships and SU fellowships.

Degrees Awarded

International Relations MA
Political Science PhD

Total Credits Required: 79

Transfer Credits

No more than 9 credits can be earned at another institution.

Part-Time Study

Part-time study is available.

Satisfactory Progress

Like other Ph.D. students in political science, joint degree students will be evaluated by department faculty each Spring.

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