Degree Requirements

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Hopkins Master of Arts in Government program is designed for working adult students who have specialized skills in a particular field and desire the broader perspective necessary for leadership in politics and administration. The courses are based on the latest scholarly and scientific knowledge, but emphasize the application of such knowledge to the practical governmental, political, and policymaking problems of today. Classes are designed to maximize individual attention, encourage student contribution, build analytical skills, and provide tools for engaging in original research. All of this leads to lively and stimulating seminar discussions and an enriching graduate school experience. There is an active speaker and symposia series as well, and most students are required to attend two symposia per semester.

Throughout their studies, students consider possible topics and gather relevant information and data so that early in their final semester they can complete their research and finalize their thesis. Students begin the thesis process by taking two core courses, Government and Politics in the United States and Research and Thesis I, which introduce the basic tenets of government and politics and the methodology of social inquiry. Students continue through the program preparing for their master’s thesis and completing their electives. Research and Thesis III is the twelfth and final course in the curriculum.

There are three concentrations offered in the MA in Government program: The concentration in Legal Studies focuses on the intersection of law and politics, as well as law enforcement issues. The concentration in Political Communication provides students with the opportunity to study with practitioners in the field: reporters, political operatives, journalists, and campaign and news and media professionals. The concentration in Security Studies covers the fundamentals of administering and preserving American security.

Degree Requirements

For more information about core and elective courses, please see the course descriptions page. Please note that not all courses are available each semester. Consult the course schedule for current course offerings.

For information on exact dates, times, locations, fees and instructors for any term, students should consult the Advanced Academic Programs Course Schedule, which is issued several months before each term begins. Courses are open only to students who meet enrollment requirements.

Concentrations

A concentration is optional. Students who choose to concentrate must take four classes in that area of study.

Security Studies Concentration

Examples of Security Studies Concentration courses include:

Political Communication Concentration

Examples of Political Communication Concentration courses include:

Legal Studies Concentration

Examples of Legal Studies Concentration courses include: