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Political Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Master of Arts degree in Political Science offers students the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of political theories, methodologies, and substantive political affairs. The program prepares students for possible careers in city, state and federal government, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, public opinion polling, campaign management, community college teaching and other related occupations. The program also provides excellent preparation for law school and doctoral studies. Students may specialize in American Government, International Politics, or Political Theory and Public Law.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  •  Political Communications and Behavior
  •  International Politics
  •  Political Philosophy
  •  Topics in American Politics
  •  Latino/a Politics
  •  Gender and Elections
  •  American Government and Politics
  •  American Political Development
  •  Congress
  •  Presidency
  •  Topics in Political Theory
  •  Seminar in American Political Thought
  •  Political Creativity
  •  Contemporary Political Theory and Social Policy
  •  Topics in Comparative and International Politics
  •  European Politics
  •  Mexican Politics
  •  Seminar in Political Psychology
  •  Electoral Behavior
  •  Lobbying and Government Relations
  •  Law and Courts
  •  Seminar in Jurisprudence
  •  Federalism
  •  American Foreign Policy
  •  Comparative Political Systems
  •  International Organizations
  •  Political Actors and Systems in Latin America
  •  Foreign Policy Analysis
  •  International Security

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • completed application 
  • application fee
  • grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended including community colleges
  • a statement of purpose (roughly 500 words or two typed pages) indicating your interests and goals in studying political science
  • three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program (at least two of these must be from a college or university professor who can discuss and evaluate specifically your academic qualifications and potential for graduate-level study).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25078 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25078 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25078 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25078 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8246 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8246 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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