The first group is seeking scholarly training and preparation prior to applying to leading law schools or top Ph.D. programs. Many such students are uncertain if they are ready to make the commitment to a Political Science Ph.D. program. For them, our M.A. programs provide a sense of what they can expect from a Ph.D. program. Others may feel that their academic record (or standardized test scores) would prevent them from being accepted into a top Ph.D. program. For these students, our M.A. programs offer an opportunity to prove themselves in the classroom in a respected and high-ranking graduate program. Some of our recent M.A. degree recipients have gone on to law school or to Political Science Ph.D. programs at Chicago, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, McGill, MIT, New Mexico, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, UC-San Diego, Wisconsin, and Yale.