Courses and Requirements

The program, which will normally require two years for completion, consists of 12 courses (36 semester hours) offered primarily by the Department of Political Science. Three additional hours must be earned through an approved internship with a public or private agency or an election campaign, and students also must pass a comprehensive written and oral examination covering the various subjects related to political campaigning. There is no language requirement or thesis. Those who successfully complete the program will receive an M.A. in Political Science, with a certificate attesting to their specialization in the field of Political Campaigning.

Required Courses

UF Campaigning students participate in a mock press conference, a part of our Advanced Strategies course

UF Campaigning students participate in a mock press conference, a part of our Advanced Strategies course

  • POS6736 Conduct of Inquiry
  • POS6933 Data Analysis
  • POS6207 Political Behavior
  • POS6274 Political Campaigning
  • POS6278 Advanced Campaign Strategy
  • POS6757 Survey Research
  • POS6453 Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • PAD6946 Internship
  • POS6933 Lobbying

 

Additional courses in Political Science, Journalism and Communications, or other departments may be appropriate in some instances. However, students should always consult with the Graduate Coordinator before enrolling in any class. Apart from their formal class work, students participate in periodic workshops where they are able to network with consultants, government officials, and members of the press and discuss strategy, new developments in campaign technology, and other issues of importance.

Electives

Republican guru Charlie Black with Advanced Strategies students

Republican guru Charlie Black with Advanced Strategies students

  • POS6209 Political Psychology
  • POS6272 Political Participation
  • POS6127 State Government and Politics
  • POS6045 Seminar in American Politics
  • POS6408 American Political Development
  • POS6279 Politics of Direct Democracy
  • POS6458 Politics of Campaign Finance
  • POS6291 Religion and Politics
  • POS6427 Legislative Politics
  • PUP6314 Race, Gender, and Politics
  • PAD6434 Leadership and Ethics
  • MMC6405 Mass Communication and Public Opinion
  • MMC6618 Political Communication
  • FYC6421 Fundraising for Nonprofits