M.A. On Campus

Political Science

University of Nevada, Reno

12 months
21006 USD/year
21006 USD/year
5352 USD/year
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The M.A. in Political Science from University of Nevada, Reno is designed to train students on policy within the context of the political science discipline. 


The Political Science program at University of Nevada, Reno aims to serve the University community by:

  • preparing graduates with opportunities for advanced, specialized careers in the discipline of political science (e.g., teaching, politics, private or public sector, government, personal advancement),
  • preparing students continuing into doctoral degree work/research, and
  • developing professional scholars of political science and leadership.

 M.A. students emphasize in fields of American Politics, Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy.

The courses in political science cover a full range of the discipline, both in terms of substance and methodology. Courses in research methods provide the skills necessary for sophisticated analysis of political processes, institutions and policies. More specialized interests are developed through independent courses and projects students take as part of the curriculum.

Graduates with M.A. in  Political Science from University of Nevada, Reno will:

  • have the opportunity for advanced, specialized courses in the discipline of political science, leading to a graduate degree,
  • be prepared for additional graduate work leading to a Ph.D. and a career as a political scientist,
  • have opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching, politics, public service and government, or to complement their present careers,

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Research in Political Science
  • Advanced Research Methods in Political Science
  • Political Science as a Discipline
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science
  • Thesis
  • Comprehensive Examination 
  • Urban Politics 
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior 
  • Political Campaigns & Elections 
  • American Political Parties and Electoral Behavior 
  • Citizen Participation, Pressure Groups and Political Movements 
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Generational Politics and Policy
  • Energy Politics and Policy
  • Environmental Policy 
  • Global Environmental Policy
  • Land and Water Resource Policy 
  • Political Ethics and Political Corruptions 
  • Problems in American Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate degree (B.A./B.S.)
  • GRE Scores: verbal and quantitative scores should be a minimum of 154, though some exceptions are made for students based upon their skill-set and other qualifications (or GMAT equivalent)
  • Three letters of recommendation of which a minimum of two are from professors with whom you have taken and completed coursework.
  • Statement of purpose: This one-to-two page statement should be 500 words, double-spaced and printed in a standard font. In this statement, you should discuss your career and educational goals and how those goals fit into the research specializations of the department. Please make sure your name is at the top of the each page.
  • 18 credit hours (six courses) of coursework in political science/social science

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21006 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21006 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21006 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21006 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5352 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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