12 months
30888 USD/year
30888 USD/year
18168 USD/year
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The Political Science program of Rutgers University prepares students to work in the public and private international sectors, as well as in non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, foundations, and media companies focusing on regional, national and global issues.


About the Program

Students in the Political Science program of Rutgers University may attain the MA by completing the requirements for a Specialization in 1) The American Political System or 2) International Relations. A Specialization in The American Political System focuses on American politics and public policy and U.S. urban politics and public administration. A Specialization in International Relations focuses on global and international politics, international political economy, and comparative politics.  Courses are also regularly offered in political theory, constitutional law, comparative politics, and research methodology. Students may complete the Concentration in Women and Gender Studies in conjunction with the Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

  • The Masters degree requires 30 credits of coursework and is composed of the following requirements: Students will need to complete three core courses: the introductory Approaches to Political Science, a research methodology course and the Capstone course in Political Science. In order to fulfill the requirements for the specialization, students will need to take three courses in their specialization, either in American or Global Politics. The remaining four courses can be taken from the general course offerings.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (active Instructions: Why do you want to earn a Master's degree in Political Science?; What are your specific areas of interest, and why?; What qualifications prepare you for graduate study in Political Science?)
  • The GRE is optional for all applicants to the program. Rutgers University-Newark will accept the Duolingo English Test from affected graduate applicants applying to begin their studies in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. The Duolingo English Test is an online English language proficiency test that can be taken via a camera-enabled computer. When you receive your results, you can share your scores with Rutgers-Newark. The minimum Duolingo score is 105.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    30888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15444 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18168 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9084 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Newark

935 - 1600 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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