#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 Kogod School of Business courses with no grade lower than a B GPA of 3.25 in Kogod School of Business 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 between 12-16 credits per semester.

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