18 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Political Science program at Southern Illinois University provides advanced study in political science. Students in the M.A. program typically finish in three to four semesters. Students completing the program are prepared for further study in a doctoral program or to begin a research career. 


The Political Science program at Southern Illinois University gives students a unique start to their academic careers. At SIU, our M.A. and Ph.D. programs feature:

  • Faculty mentors who prepare graduate students for successful careers as researchers and teachers;
  • Four-year assistantships with additional fellowship opportunities;
  • Graduate seminars centered around aspects of political behavior in a way that cuts across traditional subfields;
  • Resources and opportunities available only at a comprehensive research university;
  • Diverse community in a beautiful region of the country;
  • Small cohorts of students from around the world;
  • High placement rate in faculty positions around the country and the world.

What we do best

Our graduate program attempts to balance the highly-focused study needed to develop research expertise with a breadth of study that prepares students to teach a wide range of courses. We do this by focusing our curriculum on political behavior topics that cut across traditional subfields. Students choose one of three concentrations:

  • Comparative Politics / International Relations
  • Judicial Decision-Making
  • Political Communication

The faculty teaching in these concentrations come from a diverse background. Some focus on regional politics, such as the politics of the Post-Soviet region, the Middle East, or the United States. Some have research agendas that include the study of international relations, religion and politics, or public policy. The result is a unique educational experience that gives our students focused training in a way that cuts across traditional subfields to give students a broad understanding of political science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Politics
  • Democratic Theory
  • American Political Thought
  • Judicial Process and Behavior
  • Administrative Law
  • Women and the Law
  • Policy Analysis
  • Democratization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 18 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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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