The Department's approach to the discipline of political science is consciously eclectic, based on an assumption that the study of politics cannot be reduced to any one theory or a single set of methods. Mutual appreciation among faculty members with diverse interests and approaches characterizes the intellectual atmosphere of the Department. With more than 30 faculty members, the department covers a wide array of methodologies and research interests, including the study of theory, institutions, political behavior, and political development.
The Accelerated Master's Degree in the Department of Political Science is a flexible and individualized plan of graduate study for undergraduate students at UMass Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College.
The Master's Degree program in the Department of Political Science is available in special cases to students who can demonstrate that a terminal Master of Arts degree from University of Massachusetts is vital to the pursuit of their career. Students seeking training in political science as a vocation are encouraged to apply to the doctoral program. Students considering this option should contact the Graduate Admissions Director.