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Master of Arts in Political Science - Constitutional Law Studies


The Master of Arts in Political Science – Constitutional Law Studies offers students a strong foundation in a social science approach to law and courts. This unique program is one of the few of its kind in the nation and provides students with the reasoning and analytic skills necessary to understand the technical rules of law, legal practices and policies, and law more generally as a social phenomenon. Furthermore the program can provide students with the data analysis skills that many employers now seek.

Students in this program will gain detailed knowledge of role of the judicial system in the evolution of public policy in the United States, and will learn analysis, application of theories, evaluation and research design relevant to the study of law and courts as well as other phenomena more broadly.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Political Science - Constitutional Law Studies

Catalog page: MA

MA in Political Science - Constitutional Law Studies Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Test score required: Yes

Combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of at least 300

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes


Limited to fall and spring admissions. University deadlines apply.


Cheryl L. Berry

Degree Information:
Dr. Banks Miller, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Professor and Head

Possible Careers

This program serves the interests and needs of students who want an intellectually rigorous legal education as preparation for law school, for more advanced graduate learning or for law-related careers in teaching, journalism, government, policy-making or the private sector.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.