The Master of Applied Politics*
We are excited to announce upcoming changes in our Political Science Master’s program! Starting in the fall of 2015 we plan to introduce a Master of Applied Politics (MAP), providing students with a more “hands-on” graduate program incorporating research and professional elements. The MAP will offer students practical skills, such as policy, electoral and media analysis, survey instrument design, and problem-solving in domestic and international contexts, that are grounded in the theoretical foundations of the discipline. Matched with a dynamic and diversified faculty, the MAP delivers an effective learning experience that is designed to facilitate student success.
Our one-year program encourages individual study options that are flexibly tailored to personal career and research interests. Students may choose a course-work only option, consisting of eight half credit courses, or students may choose to undertake a Major Research Project, in addition to six half credit courses. There are four options to complete the Major Research Project: the journal article option, master’s research paper, public opinion project, or a policy analysis project.
In addition to classroom-based courses, students may also consider the research practicum (PO690) as an elective course. This practicum offers students an opportunity to develop new skills via hands-on learning as well as a chance for practical application of skills learned throughout the program. Practicums may be held locally, nationally, or internationally, designed to fit individual plans of study and career goals.
I encourage you to review our course descriptions for an overview of the innovative courses and approaches our program has to offer!
Please contact me if you have any questions about the MAP or other aspects of the Laurier graduate experience.
Jason Roy (Graduate Officer)
_______________________*Pending final Senate approval.