The Master of Arts program in Government and Politics at St. John’s University combines rigorous academic study with the opportunity to develop valuable practical skills that are highly attractive to a wide array of employers across the public and private sectors. You’ll benefit from our small class sizes, individual attention from our distinguished faculty, and the flexibility to develop breadth and depth in the field of government and politics. You’ll become an expert in composing policy briefs and reports; drafting and evaluating project proposals, resolutions, and public statements; and completing in-depth evaluations of domestic and foreign events and trends. The program will prepare you for an array of opportunities in the civil or foreign services, positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, careers in education, or for further study as a doctoral or law student.
The 33-credit M.A. program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option and can be completed in one year of fall, spring, and summer semester study. We offer five concentrations: American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Public Policy and Administration. You can complete any of these five concentrations on our Queens, NY campus, and can complete the International Relations concentration on our beautiful, centrally-located campus in Rome, Italy. You can also study at both campuses for alternating semesters or take advantage of our winter intersession travel courses. To add an experiential dimension to your classroom study, we encourage you to take advantage of our vibrant internship program, which offers a wide variety of relevant experiences in both New York City and Rome, Italy.
You can also earn a certificate in Public Administration in Government or International Law and Diplomacy. These certificates -- both of which require 18 credits above the master’s degree -- can be earned in conjunction with the M.A., after completing the M.A., or independently as advanced certificates.
You can complete the M.A. in Government and Politics in one year of full-time study, including summer study. Graduate courses on both the Queens and Rome campuses are offered in fall, spring, and summer sessions and are scheduled in the evening or online to accommodate working students.