M.A. On Campus

Political Science

California State University Long Beach

12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Political Science major at California State University Long Beach provides systematic knowledge of the nature and scope of political science. In addition, a political science major is preparation for general education, good citizenship and participation in political life.


The Political Science M.A Program at California State University Long Beach is a competitive and demanding program for ambitious students interested in national and international politics. Applicants should have excellent academic records and demonstrate strong analytic and writing skills. A Master’s degree in political science provides a strong foundation for careers in government, 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.

The programme

The M.A. program in the Department of Political Science at CSULB allows students to acquire conceptual depth, learn methodological tools, and further develop their critical thinking abilities. Seminars are small and students have the opportunity to engage with their instructors, and participate actively in class discussions.

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

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 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 $396.00 for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
Living costs

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


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