Balancing academic analyses and practical experience, the curriculum for this program meets the career and informational needs of congressional staff, interest group representatives, journalists, executive branch employees, diplomatic staff, and others interested in the political and policy processes of the United States government. Those who wish to pursue higher academic degrees will find this program a strong foundation.

With unrivaled access to the Capitol and the federal government, the Master of Arts in Congressional and Presidential Studies program is designed for the working professional: maximum flexibility for the student combined with a wide range of course offerings. Classes are conducted in the early evening off-campus at the Hall of States near Union Station and Capitol Hill. Small class size facilitates student interchange with each other and with the instructor. The program provides an instructional blend of both highly respected faculty of the Department of Politics with very successful individuals who have a wealth of practical experience in their fields. Students pursuing a master’s degree are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework.

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Congressional and Presidential Studies rather than the master’s degree must complete four semester courses or 12 credit hours of graduate study.