The MS-PA is a non-thesis required master degree program, for which students can complete their degree within a 12-month time period. the MS-PA in the political science department is designed: to provide relevant knowledge and skills to mid-career professionals or administrators working in the public, private, or non-profit sectors; to help the students to prepare for advancement in their occupations and positions with leadership roles through curricula focused on strengthening analytical and practical knowledge and skills in public sector management; and to help students to obtain competitive knowledge and skills through a comparative analysis of public administration and public policy as they work in a more complex, diverse, and changing administrative environment with increasing use of information technologies within a globalizing world.
Program Admission Requirements
The expectations for admission to the MS-PA programs will mirror and strengthen the admission requirements for the graduate admission to CWU. In as much as the MS-PA program is geared towards professionals already working within a related field, however, there are a few additional admission requirements necessary specifically for the proposed program as listed below:
- GPA of 3.0 for four-year undergraduate studies is required unless otherwise stated by CWU GSR.
- Students will not be required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- Students will be required to have five years of professional experience in the public, private or non-profit sectors beyond a bachelor’s degree from am accredited college or university.
- Three letters of reference will be required from students.
- Each student will also be required to submit a letter of interest indicating how the program fits into her/his professional goals.
- For international or English as a Second Language students, they will be required to take an English language proficiency test recognized as fulfilling the admission policy of CWU’s School of Graduate Studies Research.
- Application Deadline and Materials: Students must comply with all deadlines and procedures for “applying to CWU” in the graduate admissions section of the CWU catalog.
- Students completing the MS-PA will be required to complete 47 credits while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- The MS-PA requires at least 12 months of full time or 24 months of part-time study to complete the degree.
- Master thesis is not required. However, students will develop and execute a capstone project with a written research report of 25 pages. Once completed, students will be required to undergo an oral completion exam wherein they present their capstone project findings to a faculty committee. Both a written research report and an oral exam are required to successfully complete the degree.
- Graduate faculty committee: The student will have a three-member graduate committee, to be selected in consultation with the program director and the dean of graduate school. This committee assess the oral exam.
Required Courses Credits: 37
Elective Courses (10 credits from the following list of courses upon the approval of the faculty advisor):
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See the website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Todd M. Schaefer, PhD
Michael A. Launius, PhD, comparative politics, Asian politics, international political economy, international politics
Mathew Manweller, PhD, constitutional law, American political thought, American political economy, direct democracy
Barb Rieffer-Flanagan, PhD, political theory, comparative politics, politics of the Middle East, international human rights, religion and politics
Todd M. Schaefer, PhD, American politics, public opinion, congress, campaigns and elections, African politics, American presidency
Rex Wirth, PhD, public administration and public policy, international politics, Western Europe
Bang-Soon Yoon, PhD, comparative politics, public policy, women and politics, Korean politics, East Asia politics, globalization studies
Gilberto Garcia, PhD, Latino politics and studies, Latin American politics, comparative politics, and U.S.-Mexico border relations
Visiting Assistant Professor
Eugen Nagy, PhD, comparative politics, international relations, European politics, nationalism, Western political thought
Robert C. Jacobs, PhD, American law and politics
Emily Veitia, secretary senior
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Administration and Organization
Tim Englund, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Mike Harrod (Dean Hall, room 130)
Martha Kurtz, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Brad Weekly, development officer
Velma Henry, administrative assistant
Cindy Klein, fiscal specialist
Janis Orthmann, administrative assistant
Colleen Falconer, program coordinator
Dannica Price, event coordinator
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The College of the Sciences (COTS) is comprised of 13 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs representing disciplines in the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, and mathematics. The departments and programs of the college offer undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, minors that supplement other degree programs, and a comprehensive range of service coursework. As an essential part of its mission, the college offers an extensive general education curriculum. The departments play a major role in Central’s Teacher Certification Programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific content and methods.
Departments within the college are committed to teaching excellence, active engagement by faculty in research, scholarship and professional service activities, student involvement in research, community service, and employing practical applications of academic specializations.
All departments offer baccalaureate degree programs and, in some cases, minors, educational specialist degrees and master’s degrees. In addition to consulting department/program headings in this catalog, students are encouraged to contact individual departments and program offices directly.
Anthropology and Museum Studies: Kathleen Barlow, PhD, Dean Hall, room 356, 509-963-3201
Biological Sciences: James Johnson, PhD, Science Building, room 338, 509-963-2731
Chemistry: Levente Fabry-Asztalos, PhD, Science Building, room 302, 509-963-2811
Computer Science: Aaron Montgomery, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 219, 509-963-1495
Geography: John Bowen, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
Geological Sciences: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
Law and Justice: James Huckabay, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 300, 509-963-3208
Mathematics: Stuart Boersma, PhD, Bouillon Hall, room 108, 509-963-2103
Physics: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Lind Hall, room 201A, 509-963-2727
Political Science: Todd Schaefer, PhD, Psychology Building, room 415, 509-963-2408
Psychology: Stephanie Stein, PhD, Psychology Building, room 421, 509-963-2381
Science Education: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Science Building, room 107, 509-963-2929
Sociology: Delores Cleary, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 409, 509-963-1305
These programs offer specialized coursework, interdisciplinary baccalaureate majors or minors, master’s degrees or research, and public service functions.
American Indian Studies: Toni Culjak, PhD, Language and Literature, room 408D, 509-963-1531
Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education: Martha Kurtz, PhD, Dean Hall, room 130, 509-963-2135
Environmental Studies: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
or Pam McMullin-Messier, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 441, 509-963-2222
Ethnic Studies: Nelson Pichardo, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 440, 509-963-1348
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences: Steve Schepman, PhD, Psychology Building, room 429, 509-963-2389
Museum of Culture and Environment: Mark Auslander, PhD, Dean Hall, room 334, 509-963-3209
Primate Behavior and Ecology Program: Lori Sheeran, PhD, Dean Hall, room 335, 509-963-1434
Resource Management Program: Karl Lillquist, PhD, Dean Hall, room 319, 509-963-1184
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Lucinda Carnell, PhD, Science, room 338G, 509-963-2821
Women’s and Gender Studies: Judith Hennessey, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 436, 509-963-1574
Affiliated Centers and Institutes
Center for Spatial Information and Research: Anthony Gabriel, PhD, Dean Hall, room 320, 509-963-1166
Center for the Environment: Anne Johnasen, PhD, Science, room 207D, 509-963-2164
Central Washington Archaeological Survey, Anthropology: Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, Dean Hall, room 340, 509-963-2075
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Community Counseling and Psychological Assessment Center: Heath Marrs, PhD, Psychology Building, room 346, 509-963-2349
or Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, Psychology Building, room 118, 509-963-2371
Geodesy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) Data Analysis Facility: Tim Melbourne, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 110A, 509-963-2799
Health Career Resources: Keith Monosky, PhD, Dorothy Purser Hall, room 108, 509-963-1145