Political Science

University of Wisconsin Madison

M.A. On Campus
24 months
25526 USD/year
25526 USD/year
12200 USD/year
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The Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers graduate study leading to the doctor of philosophy in political science.


The department does not admit for master's degrees, accepting students for the Ph.D. program only.  Once admitted to the Ph.D. program, it is possible to obtain a master's degree through work en route to the Ph.D. The master program in Political Science is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison. 

The department has a national and international reputation for the high quality of its faculty and for the diversity of their approaches and interests. It has long been known for its acceptance of a broad range of approaches to the study of politics and for its collegiality. 

The subfields of political science found in the department are American politics, comparative politics, political theory and philosophy, international relations, and political methodology. Political science shares faculty with the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Law School, and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an appreciation of the diverse subfields of political science.
  • Learn to articulate questions of importance to the field that can be answered using the methods of political science.
  • Learn to select and utilize methods of political inquiry appropriate to particular research questions.
  • Learn to constructively critique existing work in political science.
  • Develop an understanding of political science from an historical context.
  • Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct in research, teaching, and service.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Politics And Government
  • Politics Around The World
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Research Methods In Political Science
  • Politics Around The World

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students may not apply directly for the master’s, and should instead see the admissions information for the Ph.D
  • This master’s program is offered for work done en route to the Ph.D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25526 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25526 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12200 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Political Science
University of Wisconsin Madison


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