Stanford University allows students to pursue a Master of Arts in Political Science along with a doctoral degree in any academic department. The MA degree requires the successful completion of 45 units of credit, including at least three graduate seminars in Political Science. Students can choose from the Political Science fields of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political methodology, and political theory. The master's degree does not require a thesis. Once the MA requirements are met, students can advance to doctoral study in their desired field. Political Science Ph.D. graduates are equipped for academic and research-based careers in the field.
Stanford was founded in 1885 by politician Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane. It was initially located on the couple's farm in Palo Alto, California. Today, it is a private research university in Stanford, California, near Silicon Valley. The university often ranks among the top universities nationwide and is noted for its entrepreneurial spirit and success in fundraising. It is also one of the leading producers of company founders and personnel for the United States Congress. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stanford at seventh overall in the nation and fifth for both best value and innovation. The university's graduate-level Political Science studies are ranked first in the country, particularly in the areas of American politics, international politics, and political methodology.