12 months
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18942 USD/year
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About

The Political Science program of Virginia Tech is designed to provide students with a firm, broadly based grounding in the discipline of political science and a strong foundation in social science research methodologies. 

Overview

The Political Science program of Virginia Tech covers all subfields of the discipline, and it prepares students for careers in academic life and government such as pursuing a doctoral degree in political science or entering a career in a public agency, non-profit organization or private research organization. Our graduates have taken professional positions in government agencies, and political organizations, and gone on to further study in the ASPECT program and other doctoral programs at Virginia Tech and elsewhere.

Why choose this program? 

  • The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science was established in 1969. Currently the program enrolls 10 to 15 full-time students on campus each year, and approximately 60-70 off-campus in the online Master of Arts in Political Science Program (OLMA/PSCI).
  • The department's relatively small scale provides excellent opportunities for close student-faculty interaction in both the residential and online M.A. programs of study. 
  • Our Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center for residential students.
  • Participants in the online Master of Arts program complete their course work over the Internet through asynchronously conducted online graduate courses.
  • Department faculty is drawn from outstanding universities around the United States and around the world, and the department has strong expertise in all major subfields of political science. 
  • As active research scholars, members of the faculty regularly review research grants for major granting bodies in the U.S. and abroad, and serve as editors or on editorial boards of major peer-reviewed journals, including Administration & Society; Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; Critical Policy Studies; Congress and the Presidency; Fast Capitalism; International Political Sociology; the minnesota review; New Political Science; Peace Studies Journal; Presidential Studies Quarterly; Rhetoric & Public Affairs; and Telos.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Collaborative Governance and Civil Society
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Alternative Perspectives in Political Theory
  • Global Conflicts 
  • Transnational Migration
  • Legislative Branch

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

30 SCH

Delivered

On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3
GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • GRE Recommended
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents)
  • Scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter of interest (250-500 words) is required by the Department of Political Science along with your latest Curriculum Vitae 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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