The Master of Arts degree in Political Science serves the needs of students who are interested in teaching and research at the college level, who are preparing for political or administrative careers in public or governmental service, who are preparing for careers in secondary education, who are preparing for continued graduate studies, and who, as citizens, simply want to know more about public affairs.
Graduate students explore topics such as the variables that have the highest impact on voter turn-out; the effect of term limits and whether or not they produce a more diverse group of political leaders; if sanctions are an effective tool in foreign policy; how political affiliation influences social behaviors during a pandemic and much more. Students have multiple opportunities to conduct research in areas such as political theory, public administration, public policy, and institutional authority within local, state, national, and international communities.
The program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student and allows for concentration or specialization in a specific area. For those pursuing the credentials necessary for teaching at the college level, this program allows the ability to acquire enough hours in two teaching fields.
It is possible to complete a Master of Arts degree in Political Science entirely online, allowing maximum flexibility for students to complete coursework around work, family, and other responsibilities. Thesis and non-thesis options are available, allowing students more control of their academic careers.
The Master of Arts in Political Science degree was ranked in the top 10 of the most affordable political science graduate programs in the 2020 Online U. rankings and as a top 10 program for its flexibility in 2021 by Intelligent.com.
NOTE: There are proposed changes to this program, including a reduction in required program hours (from 36 to 30). Updates will be posted upon approval.