Graduate Certificate in Political Science
Our Graduate Certificate in Political Science is ideally suited for:
- Texas high school teachers who have an MA in a field other than political science and want to teach political science in the dual credit classroom.
- Teachers who have an MA in a field other than political science and want to teach political science in the community college classroom.
- Individuals who are interested in graduate work in political science but aren’t ready to fully commit to a graduate program.
A prior MA is not required for admission. However, state law mandates that dual credit and community college teachers hold an MA in any field AND 18 hours in the subject they are teaching. Our Graduate Certificate Program in Political Science meets the 18-hour requirement to teach. If you do not hold a master’s degree and are interested in teaching political science in either the community college or dual credit classroom, please visit our MA in Political Science program page.
Choose your own courses
With only one required course, our certificate option allows you to design a program of coursework that meets your needs. Interested in politics? International relations? Public affairs? Law? Or some other field? Our flexible curriculum allows you to build a personalized program from a wide range of graduate courses.
Only 18 hours to complete
If you already have a master’s degree (in any field), you are only 6 graduate courses away from being able to teach political science in the community college setting. Similarly, if you are a certified teacher with a master’s degree (in any field) you are only 6 graduate courses away from being qualified to teach political science in the dual credit classroom. Most students complete our free-standing Graduate Certificate program in 2 or 3 semesters.
Convenient class times
Most of our courses meet once a week in the evenings, and many courses are available in hybrid or synchronous on-line formats. Our program is ideal for current teachers or other working professionals.
As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty mentor who will be available to help and advise you throughout the program. Our faculty are committed to a conversational model of education that maximizes student success.
Affordability and value
TWU has the fourth-lowest college costs among Texas public universities. Additionally, graduates of our free-standing Graduate Certificate Program in Political Science are well-positioned to increase their income through dual credit and/or community college teaching.
A welcoming community
Diversity and collaboration are fundamental to our academic culture. Our department's faculty, staff and students have created an inclusive community dedicated to mutual support, respect and success.
Earn your certificate in just eight easy steps
- Take our required introductory course “Research Methods in Political Science.” This course introduces students to the types of questions political scientists ask and the basic methods used to find answers.
- Take 1 course, of your choice, in Global and Comparative Politics. This could include courses on comparative politics or international relations.
- Take 1 course, of your choice, in Public Policy. This might be a course on American national defense policy or presidential policymaking.
- Take 1 course, of your choice, in Political Theory. Discover the power of ideas in a course devoted to political theory.
- Take 1 course, of your choice, in U.S. Politics, Law, and Government. This might be a course on constitutional law, the legislative process, or women in American politics.
- Take 1 elective Political Science course of your choice. You can choose any Political Science graduate course we offer to meet this requirement. You could take “Political Theory,” “Law, Gender, and Sexuality,” “Women as Citizens,” or many other courses.
- Submit a portfolio containing at least one research project from your coursework and a personal statement describing how you will tie your coursework into your career.
- Have a formal conversation, called a “defense,” about your portfolio with a faculty committee.
Certificate course requirements (degree plan)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate Programs in History & Political Science
Jacob Blosser, Ph.D.
No deadline, rolling admission
- Bachelor degree.
- Applicant’s overall record should clearly reflect the ability to pursue advanced study, conduct research, and write effectively in the field selected.
- Documentation of a strong preparation in the liberal arts.
- A minimum GPA of 3.25 on last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
Applicants who do not meet the above prerequisites at the time of application may, under exceptional circumstances, be recommended for provisional admission by the department.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Collect and submit the following documents as separate files in ONE email to HistoryGov@twu.edu with the subject line "(Full Name) - Graduate Certificate Application". Please attach all items as PDFs.
- writing sample (college paper in any subject OR a 3-5 page personal statement that describes your goals)
- curriculum vita
- Names and contact information from three references
Contact Jacob Blosser, PhD, Director of Graduate Study in History and Political Science at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-898-2141.
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