Develop the skills you need to analyze, communicate and manage complex political phenomena at all levels including local, state, national and international issues.
A combination of an advanced degree and professional skills are critical for success in today’s competitive job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Graduates with highly specialized training, a master’s degree, and internship or volunteer experience should have the best job prospects.”
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Produce an original contribution to the field, incorporating theory, methods, coursework and research into your Master’s Project or Master's Thesis. Showcase your ability to design, manage and report on topics typically required for professional employment, highlighting your competence across several areas within political science.
Examples of recent Master's Projects and Thesis include:
Graduate students can apply for up $1,500 in support for research-related projects through the Mark Diamond Research Fund.
Enhance your skills to speak and write with clarity and concision about the issues, methods and processes of government, not only in the U.S. but around the world. Research papers, essays and presentations are requirements of most political science coursework. Further hone your skills outside of the classroom through department, university, student and professional organization opportunities.
For example, the Department of Political Science offers a series of Professional Seminars ("Prosems") in which faculty and advanced graduate students discuss aspects of becoming a successful political scientist. These informal seminars address very practical aspects of the profession that may not be directly raised in graduate courses.
Recent topics include:
Review data in detail, observe patterns, perform advanced calculations and draw logical conclusions. Compile, analyze, and report data to explain social, economic and political phenomena and forecast trends, applying mathematical models and statistical techniques.
Learn the advances concepts and tools required of the very best political scientists such as: descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling theory, sample estimation, hypothesis testing, bivariate and multivariate data analysis, linear regression models, dimensional analysis, covariance structures, time-series analysis, limited dependent variables, bayesian principles, gaming theory, aggregate data analysis and more.
Apply your skills through complex projects, case studies and research papers in core and elective courses:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers including the ability to be dependable, punctual, dressing properly and displaying self-confidence through a multitude of volunteer and activism opportunities in Western New York political, non-profit and business community. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions.
Explore some local volunteer opportunities:
Engage with diverse and thought-provoking industry leaders who will challenge you to think outside your cultural and professional norms at professional conferences. Our students regularly present their papers and meet with scholars who share their academic interests at national and international conferences and conventions organized by renowned academic associations, including:
When possible, the department offers financial support to help students cover the expenses of the conference participation. The UB Graduate Student Association is also a source for conference funding.
Expand your world view and prepare to work in the world's interconnected political spheres, economies and global systems.
National and international scholars frequently come to campus to present guest lectures and partake in conferences to expose students to a multitude of world views. Recent topics and guests include:
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Join like-minded peers in the UB Graduate Student Association and other student associations and clubs and participate in poster competitions, travel to conferences, network and have some fun with colleagues. Keep up with the latest political science student, department and alumni news and events through the Department of Political Science Facebook page.
Acquire the knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, execute, control and complete the work to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. Negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across teams and stakeholders. In short, gain hands-on experience delivering projects that meet the organization’s goals on time and on budget.
When completing your Master's Project or Thesis you will learn how to manage diverse groups and viewpoints effectively, make adjustments as your project evolves and incorporate best practices and recognized principles into your work. Examples of recent student projects include:
Work independently, with peers or with faculty members on major research projects, helping them identify issues and produce groundbreaking and publication-worthy scholarship and applied research.
UB faculty members have well-defined strengths in four subfields of political science:
Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding diversity and culture and its profound impact on political groups, policies and international relations. Develop cultural self-awareness and learn to appreciate and value diverse views through in-depth research and projects.
Examples of recent Master's Projects and Thesis include:
In addition to exploration of these topics in political science courses and projects, below is just one example of an opportunity to open your mind to a multitude of world views through participation in interdisciplinary groups that bring together faculty members, graduate students and thought leaders from throughout the University and the world:
* Policy Analyst
* Data Analyst
* Political Scientist
* Legislative Assistant
* Social Media Manager
* Political Consultant
* Intelligence Analyst
* Political Campaign Staff
* Public Relations Specialist
* Marketing Research Analyst