Political Science

M.A., M.P.A., M.P.A./M.L.I.S.

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Faculty: Professor Krueger, chair. Professors McIntyre, Moakley, and Petro; Associate Professors Hutchison, Johnson and Pearson-Merkowitz Assistant Professors Jomaa, Leedahl, Ley, and Xu; Adjunct Professors Kelley, Leazes and Profughi; MPA Director Weygand.


International relations, comparative politics, American politics, public policy, and public administration.

Master of Arts

Admission requirements:  undergraduate credit in political science; current scores from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT are required for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0

Program requirements: a minimum of 30 credits, including PSC 553 and either 580 or 583 for both thesis and nonthesis options, depending on area of specialization; nonthesis option requires one course including a substantial paper requiring significant independent research and an oral examination in addition to the written comprehensive examination.

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Rhode Island Master of Public Administration Program (RIMPA) leads to the M.P.A. degree conferred by the University of Rhode Island. It is a collaborative undertaking, governed and offered by a committee of University faculty that includes adjunct faculty from Rhode Island College. The RIMPA is offered at URI’s Providence campus and provides federal, state, city, and nonprofit officials and agencies easy access to its instructional programs and research expertise. In addition to delivering its degree and certificate programs, internships, and workshops, the RIMPA faculty conducts research into the formation and implementation of public policy and the administration of public and nonprofit agencies. Current research areas include public professional ethics, the training of public managers, water resource management, the governance and financing of nonprofits, state prison administration, the public administration of technology, industrial policy at the state and national levels, and case management in mental health agencies.

Admission requirements: generally, based on the applicant’s undergraduate academic record, current scores for one of the following exams: GRE, MAT, GMAT. Exam requirement waived for applicants holding an advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Program requirements: This is a nonthesis program. Requirements include one course with a substantial paper and significant independent research; comprehensive examination; internship (may be waived); minimum total of 36 credits including PSC 501, 503, 504, 505, 506, 524, and 573. Competency in computer science and statistics is required and may be demonstrated by completion of a basic course at the undergraduate level. Competence in basic computing skills may be demonstrated by completion of a basic course at the undergraduate level, or, after review by the M.P.A. program director, by professional, worksite training completed by the candidate, or by virtue of the professional responsibilities of an M.P.A. candidate.

Students in the RIMPA program taking elective courses at the participating institutions will be governed by the same regulations effective for courses taken at URI. Under this rule, grades (including failures) for all graduate courses taken at a participating institution will be included in the grade point average and will become part of the student’s record.

M.P.A. and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program

A cooperative program permits joint enrollment in URI’s Master of Public Administration and Master of Library and Information Studies programs. The integrated pursuit of the two degrees makes it possible for six credits of appropriately selected course work from one program to serve as electives in the other, and for six credits of such course work to be applied in the opposite direction. Thus, when planned and taken jointly, the two programs can be completed with a total of 60 credits.

Admission requirements: GRE and other requirements listed for M.P.A. and M.L.I.S. Applicant must apply and be accepted in both programs. Applications to both programs must indicate M.P.A./M.L.I.S. as the field of specialization.

Program requirements: each student must complete the required core courses for both programs plus three credits of PSC 590 for the M.P.A. After consultation with, and approval of, both departments, students must file separate programs of study for each degree, indicating the courses to be jointly counted. Each student must pass the separate comprehensive examination for each degree. A student who fails to complete one of the programs may, of course, complete the other in accordance with the separate program of study.