Graduate Studies

The MA program in Political Science at the University of Louisville is ready to help you turn your passion for politics and policy into a career. Graduates have gone on to have exciting careers in government, campaigns, policy advocacy, law, education, and the non-profit sector. Our high-profile and extensive alumni network offers mentoring and networking opportunities to help students in their career pursuits. We also have a proven track record of launching students into academic careers by preparing them for top PhD programs. The Department offers a unique range of courses, internship, and research opportunities to help graduate students build resumes as you earn your degree. We emphasize real-world quantitative and qualitative analytical skills from Day One. Students can pursue a traditional MA that spans subfields or take advantage of our new concentration in Digital Politics that will give you the tools to start a career in political information technology. 

For more information on our MA program in Political Science, please contact Dr. Melissa Merry, the program’s Director of Graduate Studies, by phone at (502) 852-3301 or by email at

Areas of Concentration

Students have two options in designing their programs of study. First, in the traditional MA program, students take courses covering the range of subfields in political science, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Policy.  They also learn to conduct political science research and take electives tailored to their interests.

Second, in the MA with a concentration in Digital Politics, students not only get broad training in the discipline, but also take courses focusing on the intersection of information technology and politics.  This concentration is particularly suited to students seeking to gain hands-on, practical skills and experiences in areas such as online campaigns and e-government.

Faculty Areas of Expertise

Comparative and International Politics

The International Politics field includes the comparative study of various regions and nations throughout the world. Members of the Department faculty have expertise in the study of Latin America, the Middle East, East Asia, and the Former Soviet Union. Specific issues of faculty interest include: political economy, authoritarianism and democratization, political Islam, religion and politics, conflict management, international organizations, international law, defense and security, the global environment, and women in developing nations.

Faculty: Jason AbbottDavid Buckley, Julie Bunck, Michael Fowler, Kris Grady, Tricia Gray, Shiping Hua, Susan Matarese, Rodger Payne, Charles Ziegler

American Politics

The field of American Politics involves the study of the American governmental institutions (executive, legislative, and judicial) and extra-governmental actors—e.g., citizens, interest groups, political parties, and members of the media. Specific areas of faculty expertise include: Congress, constitutional law, judicial politics, LGBTQ politics, public opinion, political psychology, and race politics.

Faculty:  Anne CaldwellDewey Clayton, Jasmine FarrierDavid Imbroscio, Melissa Merry, Laura Moyer, Sherri Wallace

Digital Politics

Information technology is increasingly being recognized as essential to the functioning of government and to political advocacy. The study of digital politics is a fast-moving and fast-growing field, to which faculty in our department actively contribute.  Specific areas of faculty expertise include: interest groups’ use of blogs and social media; elected officials’ use of social media; and the impact of the internet on politics in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Faculty: Jason AbbottAdam Enders, Jason Gainous, Tricia Gray, Melissa Merry, Rodger Payne