#68 Political Science Program

AU’s School of Public Affairs is home to leading scholars in political science, public policy, and public administration. U.S. News & World Report ranks the MA in Political Science program as 68th in the country, thanks to a rich academic curriculum and a prime location right in the capital city of the U.S.
By completing the Master’s in Political Science program, you’ll be able to:
  • Choose between two tracks: Political Science or Applied Politics.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the core questions in at least one subfield of political science, and apply political science theories to real world problems.
  • Show fluency in reading and analyzing quantitative research, as well as familiarity with basic issues of research design.
  • Demonstrate mastery of written communication, such as empirical research papers and theoretical essays.

Accelerator Admission
Details (Fall 2017)

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 6.0 5.5
Program Start Date August 20, 2017 August 20, 2017 August 24, 2017
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Political Science
  • Policy and Process
  • Political Analysis
  • The Legislative Process

Progression Details

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree 6 9 0
Progression Into Master’s degree program Master’s degree program Master’s Accelerator 2
Progression Requirements GPA of 3.25 in SPA courses with no grade lower than a B GPA of 3.25 in SPA courses with no grade lower than a B Completion of level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework
Total credits required for degree: 33 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language Cost Per Credit After Accelerator1 Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Political Science $19,900 $27,900 $8,060 $1,526 33

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.

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