Residential Option

Enrolling in the residential program provides all the benefits of on-campus life, including personalized interaction with faculty, real time discussion with your cohort, and a program of study meticulously tailored to your individual interests.

Accelerated Option

You can complete this option entirely in residence or partially online, beginning as early as the first semester of your senior year. 

Online Option

The online M.A. gives you a flexible degree option if you are currently pursuing your career and are looking to grow your knowledge and expertise. 

Graduate Certificate Programs

In addition to the three tracks offered for M.A. students, the Department of Political Science also offers four Graduate Certificates for degree- and non-degree-seeking students looking to demonstrate competency in these particular subject areas.

Environmental Politics and Policy

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in environmental politics and policy without undertaking an entire degree can add this certificate to their transcript. Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School are also eligible. Non-degree seeking students can pursue this certificate to develop a professional competency relevant to their chosen careers. Both degree and non-degree seeking students complete this certificate by studying on campus or through on-line courses.

 

What Will I Study?

The certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit hours: 9 credits are required courses and 3 are elective. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B. All courses are for 3 credit hours. All students must complete:

  • PSCI 5214: Contemporary Political Theory or PSCI 5115: Research Methods I
  • PSCI 5364: Public Ecology
  • PSCI 5584: Environmental Politics and Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 3 credit hours from the following:

  • PSCI 5354: Public Policy Analysis
  • PSCI 5414: Industrial Democracies
  • PSCI 5434: Politics of Developing Areas
  • PSCI 5314: Legislative Branch
  • PSCI 5324: Executive Branch
  • PSCI 5334: Judicial Branch

 

How Do I Apply?

  • If you are already enrolled in a degree-granting program at Virginia Tech, file an Application for Certificate form when you begin your coursework in the certificate and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form in the semester that you are graduating. 
  • If you only want to obtain a graduate certificate and are not also pursuing a graduate degree at Virginia Tech, then apply for "graduate certificate status" through the Graduate School application process, and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form when you have fulfilled the completion requirements.

Foundations of Political Analysis

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in the foundations of political analysis without undertaking an entire degree can add this certificate to their transcript. Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School are also eligible. Non-degree seeking students can pursue this certificate to develop a professional competency relevant to their chosen careers. Both degree and non-degree seeking students complete this certificate by studying on campus or through on-line courses.


What Will I Study?

The certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit hours: 9 credits are required courses and 3 are elective. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B. All courses are for 3 credit hours. All students must complete:

  • PSCI 5214: Contemporary Political Theory
  • PSCI 5115: Research Methods I
  • PSCI 5116: Research Methods II

In addition, students must complete at least 3 credit hours of Political Science graduate course offerings from such courses as:

  • PSCI 5124: Advanced Research Issues
  • PSCI 5344: Political Behavior
  • PSCI 5504: Discourse Analysis

 

How Do I Apply?

  • If you are already enrolled in a degree-granting program at Virginia Tech, file an Application for Certificate form when you begin your coursework in the certificate and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form in the semester that you are graduating. 
  • If you only want to obtain a graduate certificate and are not also pursuing a graduate degree at Virginia Tech, then apply for "graduate certificate status" through the Graduate School application process, and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form when you have fulfilled the completion requirements.

Information, Policy, and Society

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in information, policy, and society without undertaking an entire degree can add this certificate to their transcript. Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School are also eligible. Non-degree seeking students can pursue this certificate to develop a professional competency relevant to their chosen careers. Both degree and non-degree seeking students complete this certificate by studying on campus or through on-line courses.

 

What Will I Study?

The certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit hours: 9 credits are required courses and 3 are elective. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B. All courses are for 3 credit hours. All students must complete:

  • PSCI 5214: Contemporary Political Theory
  • PSCI 5374: Electronic Governance
  • PSCI 5554: Culture, Politics & Society in Networked Environments

In addition, students must complete at least 3 credit hours from the following:

  • PSCI 5354: Public Policy Analysis
  • PSCI 5454: Advanced Topics in Information Technology and Policy

 

How Do I Apply?

  • If you are already enrolled in a degree-granting program at Virginia Tech, file an Application for Certificate form when you begin your coursework in the certificate and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form in the semester that you are graduating. 
  • If you only want to obtain a graduate certificate and are not also pursuing a graduate degree at Virginia Tech, then apply for "graduate certificate status" through the Graduate School application process, and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form when you have fulfilled the completion requirements.

Security Studies

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in security studies without undertaking an entire degree can add this certificate to their transcript. Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School are also eligible. Non-degree seeking students can pursue this certificate to develop a professional competency relevant to their chosen careers. Both degree and non-degree seeking students complete this certificate by studying on campus or through on-line courses.

 

What Will I Study?

The certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit hours: 9 credits are required courses and 3 are elective. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B. All courses are for 3 credit hours. All students must complete:

In addition, students must complete at least 6 credit hours selected from the following:

 

How Do I Apply?

  • If you are already enrolled in a degree-granting program at Virginia Tech, file an Application for Certificate form when you begin your coursework in the certificate and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form in the semester that you are graduating. 
  • If you only want to obtain a graduate certificate and are not also pursuing a graduate degree at Virginia Tech, then apply for "graduate certificate status" through the Graduate School application process, and then file an Application for Certificate Conferral form when you have fulfilled the completion requirements.