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Politics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The aim of the M.A. program is for students to develop a firm knowledge of the first principles of American constitutionalism and to understand the fate of those principles in American political development and contemporary American politics. 


Since the first principles of American constitutionalism and subsequent developments in the American political tradition have been informed by the great works of Western political thought, students ought also to understand the critical elements of Western political thought, both classical and modern.

Programme Structure

The predominant view in contemporary political science is that the first kind of knowledge is unattainable. Ethics—the study of right and wrong, of the noble and the base, and of the just end towards which politics ought to aim—is rejected as “unscientific” since it deals with mere “value judgments.” 

In contrast with this, the approach of Hillsdale’s graduate program is classical. It begins with the idea that American politics should be understood in light of its first principles. That requires, first, an understanding of these principles as they were understood by America’s founders. Additionally, it requires comprehending the relation of these principles to the Constitution and their fate in the development of modern American political institutions and practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Thirty-six credit hours
  • Minimum of nine hours in each of the two tracks: political philosophy and American politics
  • Maximum of nine hours in advanced undergraduate courses cross-listed for graduate credit. This maximum may be raised in individual cases of compelling need at the discretion of the Graduate Dean, and the Dean will determine on a case-by-case basis which track, if any, will be credited for each 500-level course.
  • Successfully passing a comprehensive examination given during the final semester or, with appropriate approval and in accordance with a prescribed timeline, completion of and oral defense of an M.A. thesis, which will count as 6 credit hours toward the 36-hour requirement.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      23420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 23420 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      23420 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 23420 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    part-time status (M.A. only), tuition is $1,280 per credit hour.

    Living costs for Michigan City

    • 978 - 1590 USD/month
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