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Political Science

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 19536 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 19536 USD/year
466 USD/credit 7689 USD/year
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This international Political Science degree program at James Madison University is an exciting, one-year Master of Arts based wholly in Florence, Italy. Its global perspective, hands-on learning and in-depth instruction will expose you to a diverse and rewarding array of academic, professional and personal opportunities.


About this Degree

The Master of Arts in Political Science program at James Madison University focuses on comparative and international politics. This program is designed to directly engage students in comparative and international politics via studies abroad and practical experience. When students complete the political science program, they should have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the relevant subfields of political science that pertain to their area of concentration in the program.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the processes that shape politics and policies and the complex interrelationships of political, economic, cultural and ideological interests that influence them in their concentration area.
  • Expertise in contemporary policy issues in political science in their concentration area including international security, immigration, human rights, environmental protection, welfare provision, health and human services, and information technology and their underlying political philosophies.
  • Analytic and language skills, the ability to express themselves in written and verbal form, the ability to formulate and execute a final in-depth project or apply their learning and skills in a practical situation, and broad intercultural competence.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Political Institutions of the European Union
  • Policy-Making Processes and Lobbying in the European Union
  • Comparative European Politics
  • The Transatlantic Relationship and the Challenges of Globalization
  • The EU: Contemporary Issues and Controversies
  • Policy Analysis and the European Union 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Statement of language proficiency
  • Statement of policy interest
  • Curriculum vitae or professional resume
  • Two current letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and other professionals qualified to judge the applicant's ability to complete graduate studies.
  • Applicants must either (a) upload a writing sample (within the online application) that showcases their ability to carry out academic and/or policy-relevant research or (b) submit official GRE scores (institution code 5392).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19536 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    19536 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7689 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 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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