Courses, Registration and FAQs

I. Registration Information for Political Science MA Programs

For guidance on registration, you can read and download the document here, or you can read it in separate sections by clicking How to register for classes online

II.  Student Record Worksheets

To keep track of your courses and requirements, your chair creates a worksheet for each student.  The college also has a parallel on-line Degree Progress form, which your chair also follows.  Below are the worksheets for students in the International Affairs and the Urban Policy and Administration programs.  Please update your form at the beginning of each semester.

International Affairs:  StudentRecord-IA 

Urban Policy and Administration:  For students who matriculated before Fall 2012: Urban Policy and Administration Requirements Checklist.

III.  College Support

The Office of the Bursar is pleased to introduce a new appointment service for all registered Brooklyn College students. The Bursar Counseling Appointment Tool (BCAT) will allow students to register for a one on one appointment with a Bursar advisor in a private and focused setting.  The Bursar advisors will handle issues and inquiries that include:

*Account review:  Detailed questions about charges or payments on a student’s account.
*Tuition liability charges:   Inquiries regarding charges for dropped courses.
*CUNYfirst issues:  Problems viewing or paying a balance online.
*Payment options:  Questions about payment options available to students.

Please keep in mind no appointment is required to make payments or for basic account inquiries. For these services, please visit the Bursar representatives at the Enrollment Services Center in the lobby of the West Quad Building.   Students may access BCAT via BC Webcentral and selecting E-Services>Schedule an Appointment>Bursar Counseling Appointment Tool (BCAT).  Appointments will be available from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday as well as Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this service, please contact us at

IV.  Courses:

Below is the full list of masters courses offered in the masters program, categorized into the five main fields of politiical science: poltiical theory, American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and research/statistics.  Fuller descriptions of each course can be found on the Brooklyn College website.

International relations

Comparative politics

Research and Methodology:

American government

Political Theory
Below is a grid projecting courses through 2015.  This schedule is subject to change, but can help you plan your full schedule of classes in the program.
For the International Affairs program, each semester we offer the three required courses: 7610, 7720, and 7000.  In addition, each semester includes an area studies course, human rights or international law, and two specialized courses
Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I file for graduation?  A: CUNY First

Q: How do I register for the comprehensive exam?  A: The deadline is always posted on the BC Calendar- usually falls in late February.   a)     Go to your webportal    b)     Click on e-Services   c)     Click on Student Transactions d)     Under Graduate Studies folder-click on Apply for comprehensive Exam.

Q: What happens if you fail the comprehensive exam? You get two attempts to pass.

Q: How do I register for the language exam?   Contact Mark Ungar at, indicating your chosen language

Q: I want to write a thesis, how do I file for a thesis title and when is the deadline?    A: You will file for a thesis title AFTER you get approved by the department. The deadline for turning in a thesis title can be found on the Brooklyn College Calendar.  a)  Go to your webportal; b)   Click on e-Services;  c) Click on Graduate Student Forms;  d) Download the “Application for Filing Thesis Title”

Q:  How do I petition a grade?   A: There are two different types of petitions, the Student Petition for an Exception to the Brooklyn College Bulletin or the “F” grade replacement online form.   a) The Student Petition form can be found by logging into your webportal, go to your e-Services tab and click on Graduate Student forms and download “Graduate Student Petition Title”      b)   The Graduate Student Petition, allows student to petition any extraordinary circumstance such as, grade replacement, exceeding 7 years to graduate, thesis not being accepted, failing comprehensive or language exam,     c) The F grade replacement online form is to put in a request to replace an F

Q: I am on academic probation how do I register?  A: Contact your Graduate Deputy, who will complete the required form.

Q: I want to take a course outside Brooklyn College.  How do I register?  A:  If your adviser gives permission to take the course, you can then apply for an E-Permit by going to OR   c)     You can download the e-permit form by going to your webportal- going to e-services- clicking on Student Transactions- under Registration folder click on “Take courses at another CUNY college (ePermit). Fill out the form and turn it into the E-Permit Office located in the West Quad Building.   If you want to take a course outside of CUNY it requires a non-CUNY permit which can be obtained at the Registrar’s office in the West Quad Center.

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