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735 USD/credit 8820 USD/year
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Political Science from The American University in Cairo  offers advanced study in the discipline of Political Science, with particular emphasis and specializations in three areas; Comparative Politics; International Relations, and; Development Studies.  


Political Science from The American University in Cairo values its location in the heart of the Middle East and seeks, through its faculty, courses and activities, to link the discipline of political science to the thriving and complex political realities of Cairo, Egypt and the region. Its graduate programs offer students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of the political phenomena as well as a deep understanding of political realities in Egypt, the Arab World and the international arena. The programs combine courses aimed at familiarizing students with the knowledge necessary for developing their understanding of these political realities with research seminars that are required for familiarizing students with research methods that they will need to independently analyze complex political phenomena.


The graduate programs are intended for students who would like to pursue academic careers as well as those presently working, or desiring to work, in international political bodies, government departments concerned with political issues, or in other public, private and international sectors where there is increasingly a need for persons who have a scientific understanding of the political realities of the Middle East and the World.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Theory
  • Advanced Political Science Methods 
  • Political Philosophy
  • Regime Change and Democratization 
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East 
  • Scope and Method of Developmental Analysis 
  • International Relations Theories 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 alternative credits


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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and above (an overall grade of Gayyid Giddan for graduates from Egyptian universities)
  • An acceptable bachelor’s degree in political science or in a closely related social science (preferably with a minor in political science)
  • A TOEFL score of at least 90 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.  
  • References from instructor and/or employer speaking to motivation and maturity
  • Applicants for graduate study must have an accredited Bachelor’s degree with an academic record at a level sufficient to qualify for full or provisional admission. 
  • An online application for graduate studies
  • Online payment of the application fee
  • A statement of purpose 
  • An updated resume (CV)  
  • At least two online letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic or professional background
  • One recent passport size photograph (a clear electronic copy) 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 735 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    7164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 597 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Cairo

5312 - 6846 EGP /month
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