M.A. On Campus

Political Science

California State University Long Beach

12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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A Master’s degree in Political Science from California State University Long Beach provides a strong foundation for careers in government, political consulting, the law, academics, business, international organizations, education, and public service. A political science M.A. can be the basis for further study leading to a law degree, Ph.D., or other advanced degree.

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The Political Science M.A Program at California State University Long Beach is a program for ambitious students interested in national and international politics. It allows students to acquire conceptual depth, learn methodological tools, and further develop their critical thinking abilities. The program is taught by instructors who do research on a variety of topics with contemporary political relevance.


  • All of the faculty teaching in our graduate program are tenured or tenure-track, and we are all enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring our graduate students. Each student chooses a committee of two faculty members who, together with the program coordinator, work closely with the student.
  • The Political Science Graduate Student Association provides a supportive and engaging intellectual and social environment for our M.A. students. The group meets twice a month, and regularly holds mixers, panels on various topics, roundtables, and film screenings. The PSGSA also provides valuable leadership opportunities.
  • Our faculty often are in need of research assistance for on-going projects, and our students often have opportunities to work with faculty. Furthermore, some of our students are able to develop independent research projects with the support of our faculty. These opportunities can turn into papers and conference presentations!
  • We have a small M.A. program, and this allows us to have only small seminars. The structure of the program makes it possible for students to work closely with classmates and professors. Our small seminar setting is ideal for active class discussions and in-depth analysis. 
  • Our M.A. students have the option of completing a teaching practicum for credit (3 units) toward their degree. A teaching practicum allows a student to work with a community college professor, and gives our students the possibility of gaining teaching experience in a college classroom.

Programme Structure

Courses include:  

  • Foundations & Scope of Political Science 
  • Seminar in Political Theory 
  • Research Methods in Political Science 
  • Seminar in American Political Behavior
  • Seminar in American Political Institutions 
  • Seminar in International Politics 
  • Seminar in Comparative Politics
  •  Selected Topics in Policy and Politics
  • Selected Topics in Law and Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in political science or a bachelor’s degree with 24 upper division units in political science comparable to those required for a major in political science at this university.
  • A 3.0 (“B”) GPA in political science courses taken as an undergraduate;
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from academic sources);
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500-700 words. Include a discussion of applicant's motivations and qualifications for entering the MA program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • If you are not a resident of California you must add $396 to the above totals for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
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