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Welcome to the Graduate Program
in Political Science at EIU

Dr. Ryan C. Hendrickson

Ryan Hendrickson

Office: 2331 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2523
Fax: 217-581-2926
Email: rchendrickson@eiu.edu
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Thank you for your interest in our graduate program in Political Science.

Our program consists of three major concentrations; American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, and Public Administration/Public Policy. You will have the option to specialize in one of these fields, and create study plans that suit your research and professional interests.

You also will be able to study with dedicated and distinguished faculty. We offer small class sizes, most of which are taught in a seminar environment. You will have close contact with faculty, who have published in our field’s leading journals and presses, and have also won several teaching awards.

One especially notable aspect of our program is that we have an excellent record of helping students attend professional academic conferences. We have also had a number of students publish their research in professional research journals. These accomplishments are quite unique for M.A. programs and first-year graduate students; we think we compete quite well compared to our peers on this measure.  Our success here is one of the reasons why we were awarded a “First Choice” distinction from EIU’s Graduate School, which is one indicator of our ability to teach and mentor graduate students well.

Our students have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, government, public advocacy, teaching, among other jobs in the private sector. We are especially pleased that many of our students are able to gain admission and assistantship offers at Ph.D. granting institutions after their academic training with us.

Click here (pdf) for a summary of EIU Political Science graduate student publications and research accomplishments. 

We have a number of competitive graduate assistantships and scholarships that will help you finance your graduate education, which will provide you with opportunities to work alongside our faculty. We understand that finances are a concern, and will work our best to help you find financial assistance to help offset the cost of education.

Thank you for your interest in our M.A. program. I hope to hear from you with any questions you may have.

Ryan C. Hendrickson Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Political Science
217 581 6224