24 months
845 USD/credit 12675 USD/year
845 USD/credit 12675 USD/year
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The Master's Program in Political Science from Villanova University offers a wide range of courses in American and international politics, comparative politics and political philosophy.


The Political Science courses permit students to explore the key issues in contemporary domestic and international politics from both a substantive/policy perspective as well as a scholarly/theoretical perspective. Villanova University's program is ideal for students considering PhD programs, preparing for law school, or interested in careers in applied fields such a government service, journalism, the non-profit sector, foreign service or secondary education.

The faculty is committed to our students' development throughout their course of study. Students will find our diverse faculty offer a variety of philosophical, pedagogical and theoretical approaches to politics and boast a wide range of scholarly interests.

All courses are small, discussion based seminars with average enrollment of 15 students. Courses are exclusively offered at night and during the summer.

Master's Research Track in Political Science

Students interested in going on to a PhD program have the option of selecting courses from our research track. Students can sign up for independent study research (three credits) to pursue collaborative research with a faculty member. This option is useful for students who would like to pursue co-authoring with a faculty supervisor. 

Students would first need to identify a faculty mentor to supervise their work. The terms and expectations for the research paper are at the discretion of the faculty supervisor. Students can also sign up for independent study research (three credits) to expand a research paper that they began in one of their previous graduate seminars.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Concepts & Approaches
  • Topics in American Government
  • Topics in International Relations
  • Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Topics in Political Theory
  • U.S. Congress

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • 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

  • Online application form
  • Transcripts
  • GRE (General) is optional but strongly recommended for students seeking funding.
  • 3 recommendation letters (academic references are strongly preferred)
  • Statement of goals - a 500-750 word statement that outlines the applicant's topics of interest in political science, pertinent experience, prior research, and objectives in seeking the degree
  • $50 non-refundable application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 845 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    12675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 845 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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