12 months
27090 USD/year
27090 USD/year
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The aim of the M.A. in Politics program at Hillsdale College 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.


Key Features

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.

There are no required courses for the M.A. in Politics program at Hillsdale College. However, students will be held to account in their thesis defense or comprehensive examination for how well they have mastered the concepts described in the aims of the M.A. program (above). Students should choose their coursework with this in mind. 

Programme Structure

  • 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 (only courses designated at the 500 level). 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 (political philosophy or American politics), if any, will be credited for each 500-level course.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate and graduate work has been undertaken. These should be sent directly from the undergraduate and graduate institutions; secure electronic copies accepted.
  • Official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years and sent directly from the testing agency. Electronic copies are accepted. The code for Hillsdale College is 1295.
  • Three letters of recommendation. These should be requested from within the online application to enable verifiable, electronic submission.
  • A sample of written work-academic writing preferred.

Tuition Fee

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    27090 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 27090 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    27090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27090 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Michigan City

978 - 1583 USD /month
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