Curriculum: The Program is a 40 credit hour program (ten courses including closure). Our core courses are PSC 501: Introduction to the Graduate Study of Politics (4 credit hours), PSC 502: Methods of Inquiry (4 credit hours), and PSC 590: Closure Exercise (4 credit hours). Students are allowed 28 credit hours of electives to specialize in a subfield. In the online Program we offer electives in the following areas of emphasis: American National and State Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law and Policy. Students without statistical/methods experience are required to take PSC 451: Empirical Political Analysis as part of their degree program. If required, PSC 451 is counted as an elective towards the Political Science Masterís Degree requirements. PSC 451 is offered as a 100% online course. In the degree program a minimum of 28 credit hours must be taken at the 500-level and only 8 credit hours may be taken outside of Political Science Department.