Political Science Masters Graduate Programs
Political science master's degree students study political structures and behaviors and how they impact people, communities, and societies. The field of political science is quite expansive and connects with many other fields such as international affairs, public health, economics, history, and sociology.
The field of political science also contains numerous subfields such as public policy, public administration, comparative politics, political theory, political psychology, and political organization. Political scientists work with and within these fields and subfields to develop theories and to better understand the practice and results of political phenomenon.
Political Science Master's Degree Program Application Requirements
Application requirements to a political science graduate program might include, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, GRE scores, and transcripts, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation, resume, transcripts and TOFEL scores, if applicable.
Political Science Master's Degree Program Curriculum
Political scientists are typically required to have a bachelor’s and graduate degree (either a master’s or Ph.D.) to work in the field. A master’s degree in political science is typically earned in 1-2 years, earning a Ph.D. in political science may take 5-7 years. Students planning on specializing in a particular field, such as public health or international governance might consider earning their bachelor’s degree in their desired specialization and then earning a graduate degree in political science.
Political science graduate programs vary among schools; however, students may encounter courses in the following subjects:
- Peace Studies
- Political Science
Political science graduate elective courses might include topics in:
- Individual, communal, and social
- health, livelihood, and well-being
- The social impacts of social, political, and economic structures
- The psychological effects of social, political, and economic phenomenon
- The psychology of action, choice, and transformation
- The history of various people, locations, and structures and how they have affected modern-day society
- The geography of places throughout countries and continents and how those geographies affect political culture
- The effects of political structures and behaviors on peace and conflict in various regions
- Political structures and behaviors and how they affect people, communities, and societies
Political Science Career Path
In general, political scientists use a political lens and scientific approach to analyze and explain political structures and behaviors. More specifically, political scientists pay attention to human behaviors and how humans use politics to influence, affect, and transform political structures and behaviors. They also pay attention to the effects of those political structures and behaviors on people, communities, and societies. Political science professionals are not limited to careers as bureaucrats, politicians or lobbyists. Political scientists can pursue careers in a variety of fields including; research, education, consultative services, non-profit management, or political analysis.
The field of political science can be incredibly competitive. Candidates may want to consider gaining experience in their desired field as a salaried employee, intern or volunteer. Individuals who wish to pursue a career abroad or within an international organization might consider becoming fluent in one or more languages.
Political Science Job Outlook
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 political scientists earned a median salary of $102,000. Political scientists employed by the federal government earned a median salary of $115,740, those working in scientific research and development services earned a median salary of $99,500, and individuals working at colleges, universities and professional schools earned a median salary of $63,030. Political science jobs in the field are predicted by the BLS to grow at a rate of 21 percent between 2012 and 2022. The graph below provides 2012 median salary information for political scientists employed in select industries.
- Stony Brook, NYStony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University (S.U.N.Y.)
The program builds on our successful, internationally renowned PhD program in political psychology. The M.A. degree program teaches advanced skills in political psychology, public opinion, and political attitudes. The Political Science M.A.
- Edinburgh, United KingdomEdinburgh, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh
Want to be part of the growing global bioeconomy, particularly development and innovation within biotechonology and life sciences? Our one-year Masters in Management of Bioeconomy Innovation and Governance responds to demand for highly skilled graduates...
Sam Houston State University
Gain advanced knowledge in the field of political science from faculty leaders...
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago
The M.A. program in political science offers comprehensive training in the knowledge and skills which constitute professional competence in the field. The curriculum is designed to equip graduate students with a broad and solid foundation in political s...
- Chestnut Hill, MAChestnut Hill, MA
The master’s and doctoral programs are flexible as to fields of study and courses. In addition to the wide range of courses offered within the Department, students have the opportunity to take courses in other departments at Boston College as well as at...
- Long Beach, CALong Beach, CA
California State University, Long Beach
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University
- Albany, NYAlbany, NY
University At Albany (S.U.N.Y.)
Concentrations in; American and Comparative Political SystemsInternational RelationsPolitical TheoryPublic Law and Public Policy...
- Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA
Georgia State University
The Department of Political Science offers comprehensive Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs. These programs train students for academic and research careers as political scientists and as practitioners in the politica...
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
New School, The
Politics at The New School for Social Research emphasizes the theoretical dimension of political analysis, regarding both political explanation and normative evaluation. The department focuses on the historical roots of contemporary political forces...
The Master's in Military Studies degree at Columbia College is ideal for busy military professionals who are on active duty or...
- London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
London Metropolitan University
This course is designed to enable students to draw from a wide range of methodological, conceptual and substantive units to create a course of study tailored to their own requirements. It aims to develop a high level of understanding and knowledge of po...
- London, United Kingdom
- Dekalb, ILDekalb, IL
Northern Illinois University
- Nice, FranceNice, France
Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE)
The MAEIS-Trilingual Studies is a one-year programme in European Studies and International Relations. Open to all type of bachelor's degree Learn and live in 3 languages : English, French, German Locations : Nice (Fr), Canterbury (Eng), Berlin (Germ)...
- Berlin, Germany
- Rome, Italy
- Canterbury, United Kingdom
- London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
London School of Economics and Political Science
The new MRes/PhD is designed to provide a different experience, with a more structured teaching programme, more collective and collaborative working, a broader training as a well-rounded political science professional, and a systematic emphasis on resea...
- London, United Kingdom
- Waco, TXWaco, TX
- Taegu, KoreaTaegu, Korea
Kyungpook National University
- Kyoto, JapanKyoto, Japan
- Harrisonburg, VAHarrisonburg, VA
James Madison University
The Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in European Union Policy Studies is a unique and exciting one-year 33-credit graduate pro...
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
The Department of Political Science at Marquette University offers master's programs aimed at preparing students for doctoral study in political science and international affairs and for careers in related fields.
- Milwaukee, WI