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  1. MA PROGRAMS ORIENTATION Monday, August 30th 2010 Shinasi A. Rama MA Programs Director

  2. OVERVIEW • MA Programs Faculty and Staff • MA Programs, Degrees, Concentrations and Tracks • Essential Information • Rules and Regulations • Degree Breakdown • Course Breakdown • MA Programs Events and Activities • Student Life

  3. MA PROGRAMS STRUCTURE • MA Faculty • Prof. Shinasi Rama • Prof. AsliPeker • Prof. Alejandro Quiroz Flores • Prof. MuserrefYetim • Administration • Lauren B. Elick • Carlos J. Rios • Sarah M. Dickinson NB.: All the information about emails, offices and office hours is available online.

  4. HOW TO CONTACT THE STAFF? EMAIL: For all inquiries we require that you contact only: • The email goes to multiple persons • You will receive an answer within one business day • Helps the MA faculty and staff work better MA FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Every day of the week at least one MA Faculty Advisor will be available to meet with MA students. - We recommend that students meet with their assigned MA Faculty Advisor. • For problems that require urgent and immediate attention, you may see any available MA Faculty Advisor.

  5. MA ADVISING STRUCTURE • Prof. AsliPeker • Comparative Politics • Political Theory • IR and Journalism Joint Program • Prof. MuserrefYetim • Political Economy • International Politics and Business • International Political Economy (IR track) • Prof. Alejandro Quiroz Flores • International Relations (International Security and Political Development tracks).

  6. FALL 2010 ADVISING SCHEDULE • By now, you should have made an appointment to meet with your MA Advisor. If not, then, please contact: • Be PREPARED to discuss the following: • What do you plan to do in the future? • What are your expectations of us? • What courses would you like to take? • Do you plan to specialize in a particular area/topic? • Have you identified any internships/jobs that you may apply to? • Any other questions that you may want to ask.

  7. ADVISING STRUCTURE • You will be assigned two Advisors: • MA Faculty Advisor • Your principal contact in the Department • Will follow your progress from the day you join the Program • Works with you on all administrative and academic matters • The Academic Advisor • A senior member of the Faculty that specializes in your area of interest. • Helps you work with your ideas and the literature.

  8. MA PROGRAMS • Master of Arts IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (MAIR). • Security • Political Development • Economic Development • MA IN POLITICS (MA) • Political Theory • Comparative Politics • Political Economy • International Politics and Business • International Affairs • Political Economy Analysis • Master of Arts in International Relations and Journalism • BA/MA • MA/MBA • JD/MA

  9. MAIR – Master of Arts in International Relations • Requirements: • complete 40 points of coursework • successfully complete an Internship • write an MA Thesis • demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English or, with permission of the director of M.A. programs, in intermediate statistics (QUANT II) . NB.: Students are expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  10. MAIR – COURSE STRUCTURE • REQUIRED (12 points) • International Politics • Comparative Politics • Quantitative Analysis • TRACK COURSES (12 points) • Core Track Course • Two recommended courses • ELECTIVES (12 points) • An approved Internship and corresponding supervision course (2 points) • A Master's Thesis and corresponding supervision course (2 points) NB. : Tracks are for departmental use only and informally designed to help you structure your studies better.

  11. MA IN POLITICS • REQUIRED ( 20 points) • The core course in your field • Three more courses in your field • A second core course in another field • Electives (12 points) • Three courses at your discretion but approved by your MA Advisor NB. Two of these courses could be taken outside the Department of Politics • An approved internship and corresponding supervision course (2 points) • A Master’s Thesis and corresponding supervision course (2 points) • Demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English or, with permission of the director of M.A. programs, in statistics (Quantitative Analysis). NB.: Students are expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  12. IPB A separate information session on Tuesday August 31st 2010 Room 212 9:20 AM

  13. THE MA THESIS •   Students complete the thesis as part of the Master's Thesis Seminar course (2 points) .  • The MA Thesis is a heavily researched academic work consisting of 10,000-15,000 words dealing with an important and timely topic in politics related to a student's chosen concentration.  • The thesis should demonstrate that a student has sufficient command of literatures and arguments pertaining to the chosen topic.  • Students are required to notify the thesis seminar course instructor at the initiation of research for the master's thesis and register for the M.A. thesis course.  • In conjunction with the thesis seminar instructor, students will choose a faculty thesis supervisor. 

  14. INTERNSHIPS • The internship component is designed to provide students with practical experience.  • While participating in the internship, students simultaneously enroll in the internship supervision course to ensure thoughtful reflection on the experience.  • While the dept. provides support in the form of advising, letters of recommendation, etc., the responsibility of finding an internship rests with the student. • For additional rules and forms, please consult the MA Internship Handbook.

  15. FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY • MA Students must demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English or, with permission of the Director of M.A. Programs, in intermediate or advanced statistics.  • Students demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by passing the GSAS foreign language proficiency examination or by completing an intermediate-level foreign language course with a grade of B or better.  • Students demonstrate proficiency in statistics by completing Quantitative Analysis with a grade of B or better.

  16. GSAS RULES AND REGULATIONS • Academic Probation • Conferral of degrees • Full-Time Equivalency • Leave of Absence • Maintenance of Matriculation • Time Limits

  17. ACADEMIC PROBATION •  Academic Probation • A student who has not maintained an average of B or better or who has not fulfilled a specific degree requirement within the appropriate time frame will be placed on academic probation. • If the circumstances of the probation have not been corrected according to the terms outlined by the letter of probation, the student is subject to dismissal by the Department Chair.

  18. CONFERRAL OF DEGREES • Graduate degrees are conferred in September, January and May of each year and Commencement takes place in May. • Exact dates on the conferral of degrees can be found at • Commencement takes place only in May. Plan ahead.

  19. FULL-TIME EQUIVALENCY • Students registering for less than 12 points (i.e. three courses) per semester may obtain FTE with permission from Prof. Rama. • Students on an F1 visa must request full-time equivalency (FTE) to maintain visa compliance when necessary. • Students can be approved for full-time equivalency in their final semester ONLY. Students MUST maintain full-time equivalency through course work until their final semester. • Students must be engaged in full time academic work during their final semester in order to qualify for full-time equivalency. • Exceptions are very rare, so plan ahead!

  20. LEAVE OF ABSENCE • A student in ‘good standing’ (maintaining an average of B or better) who is obliged to withdraw temporarily for national service, serious illness, or compelling personal reasons may request a leave of absence.

  21. MAINTENANCE OF MATRICULATION • Students who have completed their MA coursework must maintain continuous enrollment until receiving their degree. • Students maintain matriculation by registering for G47.4747.001, Maintenance of Matriculation. • Payment of the Maintenance of Matriculation fee entitles students to use the libraries and other facilities, consult faculty members and participate in university activities. • NB: matriculation must be maintained through the semester in which the MA students receive their MA degree.

  22. TIME LIMITS • Students can complete the MA in Politics in as little as one year, including the summer semester, although this is a very intensive route. • Students are expected to take between a year and a half and up to two years to complete the MA in International Relations. • Part-time students usually finish in two to three years. • NB: There is a time limit of five years for students to complete the program mandated by GSAS.

  23. DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES • Departmental Access • Communications • Computing

  24. DEPARTMENTAL ACCESS • Swipe access to 19 W 4th and Washington Place entrances • Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 9 PM • Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM (ground and 4th floors) • ID Cards to be programmed by 9/10/10 • 383 Lafayette St. or Palladium: 125 E 13th ST. • for hours and other info • 4th floor computer lab: See Program Staff for Code • Classroom use: by reservation only • Small study spaces: by reservation only

  25. COMMUNICATIONS • MA Listserv • All new students will be added to list effective 9/7/10 • ONLY your email address will be used • Make sure it is active: • For help: • Used to communicate all types of important information • Course changes • Events and seminars • Jobs and Internships

  26. COMPUTING • Network Drives (H:) for storage • Accessed only by using your POLI login • Group Drives (J:) for information • Printing from lab machines • Quota of 500 pages per month • Unused quota rolls to next months; reset every quarter in January, April, July and October (first of the month) • Additional pages can be purchased from Lauren Elick • 8 cents per page, minimum purchase of 200 pages ($16) • Cash only; receipts provided

  27. REGISTRATION • Understanding Course Listings • Registration via Albert

  28. COURSE NUMBERS • Political Theory G53.1100.001 • American Politics G53.1300.001 • Political Economy G53.1400.001 • Comparative Politics G53.1500.001 G53.X6XX.001 • International Relations G53.1700.001 G53.X8XX.001 G53.X9XX.001

  29. REGISTRATION • Online via Albert • Accessed through NYU Home •

  30. BREAK Orientation will resume at 3:30 PM.

  31. FACULTY AND COURSE INTRODUCTIONS • Faculty Introductions, Prof. Shinasi Rama • Course Descriptions, Selected Faculty

  32. STUDENT ACTIVITIES • Journal of Political Inquiry • Editor-in-Chief, Tyson Patros • International Relations Association • President, Ezgi Demirci • Seminars • Workshops • Guest lecturers and speakers • Guided visits to institutions and organizations • Social Activities

  33. ALEXANDER HAMILTON CENTER • Concentration in Political Economy Analysis • Certificate in Political Economy Analysis • Center Leadership • Prof. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Director • Prof. Shinasi Rama, Deputy Director • Sarah Dickinson, Administrator

  34. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Following the Question and Answer Session, please join us for a Welcome Reception in the lobby of 19 W 4th St.