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The master's degree in political science — international affairs is designed to enable students to achieve competence in political science. This can be in  teaching, research, government-related work and related activities. In this program, students will acquire analytical skills, a general knowledge of the discipline, and more specific knowledge of selected sub-fields.

Courses You'll Take

Students pursuing this degree will complete a total of 36 hours: 24 hours of required courses plus guided electives and 12 hours of general electives. Required courses include Scope of the Discipline, Research Methods, American Politics, Political Philosophy and either a thesis or capstone paper.


Requirements for Admission

  • Online application for admission.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions.
  • A student may be admitted by one of the three following methods.
    • A minimum 2.75 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
    • Achieve GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 140 Math, and 4.0 or higher in writing.
    • Possess a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited university/college with an overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Complete 18 undergraduate hours in political science and other prerequisites (if any), as determined by the graduate program advisor.
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.
    *Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission.

Career Opportunities

  • Politician
  • Local/state government
  • Staff for an elected official
  • Congressional budget analyst
  • Nonprofit
  • Communications advisor
  • Public administration advisor
  • College instructor
  • International Relations

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