#56 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 56th in the country, thanks to a rich academic curriculum and a prime location right in the capital city of the United States.
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 (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
GPA3.03.03.0
IELTS6.56.05.5
Available EntrySpring or FallSpring, Summer, or Fall
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 Process
  • Political Analysis
  • The Legislative Process

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression Requirements

GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B. GPA evaluated is based on degree classes only

GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B. GPA evaluated is based on degree classes only

Successful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course
Total credits required for degree: 33 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English LanguageCost Per Credit After Accelerator1Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Political Science$20,653$29,315$8,165$1,64233

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

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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