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.
Southern New Hampshire University
SNHU’s 100% online master’s in political science draws on rich political legacy while applying a critical, contemporary eye to where politics is headed.
Liberty University Online
Liberty University’s Master of Science in Political Science, 100%online program, is focused on the rigorous and comprehensive study of politics.
- 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...
- Busan, KoreaBusan, Korea
Pusan National University
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Pocatello, IDPocatello, ID
Idaho State University
Doctor of Arts in Political Science This program is intended for students interested in a career teaching political science in a variety of higher education settings ranging from community colleges to universities. Doctor of Arts recipients are prepare...
- 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
- Shanghai, ChinaShanghai, China
Shanghai Jiaotong University
- Shanghai, China
- Tianjin, ChinaTianjin, China
- Santiago, ChileSantiago, Chile
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Northeastern Illinois University
M.A. in Political Science offers: Int'l Relations/Comparative Politics; American Politics/Public Affairs; and Political Theory.
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
St. Louis University
The Political Science graduate program at Saint Louis University is an accelerated B.A./M.A. program allowing undergraduate political science majors t...
- Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan University
- Moscow, RussiaMoscow, Russia
- London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
London School of Economics and Political Science
This programme is based in the Department of Government, but the teaching is interdisciplinary and carried out by Government, the International Relati...
- London, United Kingdom
- Stillwater, OKStillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University
With the growing threat of natural catastrophes, technological disasters, and terrorism, the field of fire protection and emergency management has exploded. Significant resources are devoted by all levels of government to help businesses, communities, s...
- Stillwater, OK
- Stillwater, OK
- Kobe, JapanKobe, Japan
Himeji Dokkyo University
- Singapore, SingaporeSingapore, Singapore
National University of Singapore
Inspiring Leaders. Improving Lives. Transforming Asia.
- Bethlehem, PABethlehem, PA
The M.A. program in Political Science prepares students for public service and business careers and/or further study in Political Science, Public Poli...
- Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch, New Zealand
University of Canterbury
The Political Science programme at the University of Canterbury has attained national and international visibility for the strength of its academic programmes, staff members, and scholarship. In a recent publication based on the visibility of staff p...
- Christchurch, New Zealand