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Political Science

Columbia University

M.A.
12 months
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The Political Science program offered by Columbia University is designed to provide all students with advanced training in political science and political science research methods.

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Overview

Overview

Political Science students at Columbia University take at least five courses in the Department of Political Science and become proficient in one of the research tools used in the discipline. At the same time, students can develop their curriculum around a specific area of interest or subfield.

The department is organized into four major subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. The subfield of American politics focuses on party politics, elections, the branches of government, state and local government, public policy, social movements, and other political and governmental issues in the United States. The subfield of comparative politics looks at similar issues in countries outside the United States, and tries to find out how differences in culture, levels of development, social structures, and forms of government influence the ways in which politics are conducted around the world. The subfield of international relations studies the relationships among states in the international system, and also looks at international institutions, transnational organizations, and the role of norms and law in international affairs. The subfield of political theory focuses on normative issues such as justice and legitimacy in politics, both through the study of the history of political thought and by seeking to make original contributions to thinking on classic problems. 

Political science students regularly participate in the activities of Columbia's regional institutes and research centers such as the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Earth Institute, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for International Conflict Resolution, and the Arnold Saltzman Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracies.

Recent graduates of the free-standing MA program have applied their training to advance their careers in journalism, business, applied research, law, political activism, and civil service. Others have used their year in the MA program to determine whether or not to enter a PhD program in political science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Theory I
  • Political Theory I-disc
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Intro-comparative Politcs-disc
  • Republicanism: Past and Present, or Plato to Pettit

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

30 alternative credits

Delivered

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.
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

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).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized Tests

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29382 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    58764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29382 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.

Funding

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