The Brief Introduction of Graduate Program
The graduate program of the Department of Political Science was set up in 1991. There are currently 81 students. The courses of the program are divided into four fields: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration and policy. The students are required to choose one major and one minor fields, and must complete 30 credit. Master’s degree is granted after the thesis is finished. In addition, in order to cultivate students’ independent research capability, we put emphasis on methodological training, and a variety of selective courses of methodology are offered. Of the 136 master degree graduates, many are engaged in scholarly research, while others also perform extraordinarily in various professions.
The Ph. D. program was set up in 1998 and there are currently14 students. Among them, one earned the degree last year, three have passed Ph. D. candidate qualifications. Students of Ph. D. program attend courses together with M. A. students, and the courses are divided into four fields: political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration and policy. The students are obliged to take one major and one minor fields and must complete 24 credits hours. The Ph. D. is granted after they pass the qualification exams and complete dissertation. Beside two required courses in methodology, we also design a methodology course of political science specifically for Ph. D. students in the hope that they would commit themselves to teaching and research with their creativity as well as skills in the future.