Political Science

Illinois State University

12 months
17651 USD/year
17651 USD/year
9676 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Political Science at Illinois State University offers a master's degree in Political Science in order to promote human knowledge and skills in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service in and about the political dimensions of social life.


The Political Science graduate program at Illinois State University serves several types of students with a multi-track program. The department offers courses and program options both to students who are planning to pursue further graduate education and to students who, for reasons of career enhancement or of specialized training for employment, are seeking a master's degree as their ultimate goal.

Learning outcomes

The Department of Politics and Government organizes an annual student conference for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research. The conference has gained international recognition, attracting students from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics In American Government
  • Voting And Elections
  • Public Opinion
  • U.S. Politics And Culture After Vietnam
  • Administrative Law
  • Topics In Public Law
  • Constitutional Law: Functions And Powers
  • Constitutional Law: Due Process Rights
  • Constitutional Law: Equality And Free Expression
  • Problems Of Public Administration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program
  • submit official GRE Scores (use institutional code 1319)
  • upload a two-page statement of purpose. This should indicate how the program fits your academic and professional plans.
  • submit a writing sample
  • submit names and email addresses of three references for letters of recommendation within the online application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    17651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17651 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    9676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9676 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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