The Elections and Campaign Management program at Fordham provides training that blends theory and scholarly investigation of politics with practical electioneering. Students study voting behavior and political institutions as well as polling, campaign strategy, fundraising and media communications. This program is designed to attract students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds including: political science, communications, business administration and management, history, economics, sociology, psychology and other, related fields of study.
Students enrolled in the Master’s Program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University follow a curriculum that balances core technical courses in quantitative analysis and survey research with political science courses that cover central subjects in electoral behavior, political institutions, communication, and ethics.
The program requires completion of 30 credits (7 courses in the major, 2 electives and the internship). Students are required to complete a professional-level internship in a political consulting firm or a campaign organization.
|| American Political Behavior
|| Political Institutions and Processes
|| Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
|| Strategies of Political Communication
|| Fundamentals of Political Campaign Management
|| Campaign Finance and Ethics
|| Election and Campaign Management Internship
|| Political Survey Research
Students in the Elections and Campaigns Program are also required to complete 2 elective courses. Elections and Campaign Management Program electives may include:
* Special Topics in Campaigns and Elections
* Earned Media Strategies
* Qualitative Methods for Political Managers
* Crisis and Issues Management
* Grassroots Mobilization, Political Advertising and Promotion
* Campaign Organization
* Political Campaigning and New Media
* Resources for Research and Data Collection
* Political Campaigns in Emerging Democracies
* Political Campaigns in Multiparty Systems
Students may also enroll in related elective courses offered in the Political Science, Communications, History, Business, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology departments with the approval of the program director.
Early Admissions Option for the MA in Elections and Campaign Management Program:
Outstanding Fordham undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.2 or better are eligible to apply to for early admission to the M.A. program in Elections and Campaign Management. Students submit their application materials in the spring of their junior year and begin the program during the fall of their senior year.
Undergraduate students admitted to the program under the early admissions policy may take up to three (3) graduate courses during their senior year with the approval of the program director. These courses will count toward the B.A. and are accepted for the M.A. in Elections and Campaign Management. Students should also seek the approval of their undergraduate advisor before registering their courses. Students following this option typically complete the degree requirements in their fifth year if they study full time. This policy applies to FCLC, FCRH, and PCS. Courses will be held at both the Lincoln Center and the Rose Hill campuses.
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