Northeastern Illinois University

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in Political Science


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA. - Political Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Political Science offers graduate coursework in three areas of emphasis: International Relations and Comparative Politics; American Politics and Public Affairs; and Political Theory. Students and professors in our program form a community of scholars and students learn from each other in discussion-oriented seminars. These seminars provide opportunities for specialized study through research projects, and teach students quantitative and interpretive skills. This knowledge and these tools can be applied in a variety of professional contexts. Careers • Teaching • Federal agencies • Public administration • Non-profit organizations • Doctoral study • Research • Community development • Government agencies • Foreign service • International organizations Students are required to take: PSCI-401 Classics of Political Science ……………………..3 cr. PSCI-402 Research Methods in Political Science…….3 cr. Five courses in the area of emphasis, including a 400-level seminar or a thesis seminar…………………..15 cr. Three courses selected from a second area……………9 cr. Two elective courses from any area of emphasis…..6 cr. Students have two options to choose from to fulfill the master’s degree program requirements: 1. 30 credit hours of course work, a thesis for 6 credit hours, and an oral examination, or 2. 36 credit hours of course work, a written comprehensive examination, and an oral examination.


The University has regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the university also is accredited through several disciplinary bodies.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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