Those hoping to make a career of public service often find that road they have to travel requires a lot of hard work in order to complete. Many of those careers will require more than just a bachelor’s degree. Yet for those willing to put in the work, the rewards that come from helping others and, in many cases, in added financial compensation make pursuing such a career well worth it. If you hope to follow this path, a Master of Science (MSc) in Political Science may be awaiting you.
Political science can cover a variety of topics, including:
Private, public, and international policy
Domestic and international political philosophies
Criminal, constitutional, and civil law
Business and personal ethics
When considering what is an MSc in Political Science and what work such a program will entail, you should focus on building upon the knowledge you gained regarding the aforementioned topics during your undergrad career and be prepared to learn how you can translate this knowledge into a professional setting.
Those working in the legal and government arenas are required to have a strong knowledge of the many guidelines and statutes that they deal with. The knowledge you gain during your undergraduate career often only covers those topics in general terms. Thus, having a Master of Science in political science demonstrates to employers your capacity to completely understand the field in which you work.
Paying for graduate school can be a challenge for some depending upon the tuition and fees required by the schools that they study with. Consider looking into financial aid options if you have concerns about the affordability of your graduate degree.
With your graduate degree in hand, you’re ready to hold high positions in a variety of fields. Political science studies helps prepare students for careers in the political arena (including commentary) or the legal field.
You can still work while going to graduate school. Online courses allow you to work at your own pace on your own time. Distance learning environments such as this really push you to truly understand your coursework and its practical applications. To apply for our online program, simply search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
An evening programme about the EU on the doorstep of its main institutions. That’s in a nutshell how we could describe the MSc in European Integration, a 60 ECTS Advanced
The EuroMaster is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English geared towards an international range of young and mid-level professionals as well as advanced students from across the political sciences. It provides students with advanced academic training across a wide range of EU policies and concepts in order to gain a thorough understanding of the process of European integration in both its economic and political dimensions.
The Programme operates as a “Master after Master”, requiring students to have strong and consistent marks across a minimum of 4 years of study.
What can I study?
The EuroMaster offers a common core of 4 courses (21 ECTS) on the essential features of European Integration:...
The 36 credit M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations is designed to provide students with theoretical, research, and applied skills in the emerging
The 36 credit M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations is designed to provide students with a core understanding of critical issues informing the field of national security today, including the assessment and analysis of the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and beyond, and the analysis of intelligence collection. Students will also develop a deep understanding of the international context in which U.S. national security issues are shaped.
National Security Affairs is one of the fastest growing professions with positions open in the public sector in the federal, state and local governments and in the private sector. This program is designed both for professionals and those aspiring for careers in the field, as well as for students with a strong academic interest in security affairs and international relations....
The MSc Global Politics at NCH London engages clearly with dominant issues of global politics. At programme level, it addresses more specifically the theme of global citi
Our MSc Global Politics
The MSc Global Politics at NCH London engages clearly with dominant issues of global politics. At programme level, it addresses more specifically the theme of global citizenship. The rationale, therefore, is to offer a programme that helps candidates from a variety of backgrounds (pathway undergraduate humanities, early career professionals with sufficient prior qualifications) to develop structured, exploratory, in-depth and applied knowledge of this vibrant field.
This master’s programme can be completed in one year (full-time), or stretched over two years (part-time). International students who require a visa are only eligible to study this programme on a one-year, full-time basis....
EPS is an international course entirely taught in English with a highly qualified interdisciplinary learning track, integrating advanced analytical tools in Economics, Po
Course Objectives and Structure
EPS is an international course entirely taught in English with a highly qualified interdisciplinary learning track, integrating advanced analytical tools in Economics, Political sciences, and Quantitative methods.
The EPS degree is a multidisciplinary program, presenting a balanced offer of courses in economics and political science and quantitative methods.
During the first year, students will be trained in advanced general tools of the three disciplines, whereas in the II year teaching focuses on advanced topics in the domains of international economics and politics.
Training also includes internships in international organizations, or businesses, in-house laboratories and the writing of a final dissertation....
This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the pra
This program combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state, and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand.
What is the Master of European Politics and Policies all about?
Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organizations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) program is your foot in the door....
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
At the Kroc School, we have designed a nine-month Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) to provide you with the knowledge, frameworks, and skil
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Conflict is an everyday reality in our organizations, communities, and around the world. We believe that conflicts, if well managed or transformed, can provide an opportunity for positive change.
At the Kroc School, we have designed a nine-month Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution (MS-CMR) to provide you with the knowledge, frameworks, and skills to transform conflict dynamics. This program combines conflict management with conflict resolution. This means you will learn skills to understand and address individual and organizational situations as well as the system-level conflict in a variety of cultural contexts. In the MS-CMR, you will learn how to best manage conflicts - by refocusing energy and changing perspectives - and gain skills to successfully resolve conflicts, through mediation, negotiation, facilitation and dialogue processes....
The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies (MSSIS) degree program is offered by the College of Security and Intelligence. It is designed to produce compe
The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies (MSSIS) degree program is offered by the College of Security and Intelligence. It is designed to produce competitive graduates for professional service in the intelligence, aviation, military, homeland defense, and corporate security communities. The MSSIS degree will enhance the career prospects both for entry-level professionals and mid-level leaders, managers, operators, and analysts. For many security and intelligence professionals currently working in these communities, the Master’s degree will be seen as one qualification for promotion in the middle and even upper levels of management or military command.
The degree program provides graduate students and security and intelligence professionals with an opportunity to explore both theoretical and practical knowledge across the disciplines that compose the field that security and intelligence studies have become. These include strategic concepts; the integration of science and technology in the security and intelligence realms; the principles, processes, and presentation of products; the importance of cultural understanding in key regions of the world; the evolution, nature, and roles of states and non-state actors; and the forms of international conflict and cooperation that constitute the playing field of the intelligence and policy communities....
The MSc will provide students with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict res
The MSc will provide students with advanced knowledge of the complex and specialised areas of peacebuilding, among it conflict analysis, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict transformation, community-driven reconstruction, peace processes within the context of contemporary conflicts and in the context of broader international (humanitarian) interventions. Integrated into the MSc structure are opportunities to develop operational and vocational skills for example in negotiations, conflict mediation, conflict sensitive programme design and programme management, or urban peacebuilding. Students are provided with theoretical and empirical knowledge and with practical skills that are helpful for current and future employment opportunities. The courses are thus attractive to both graduates and mid-career practitioners. Whilst the academic and applied focus of the MSc comes through a peace and conflict studies analytic lens, course material will also draw from traditional strategic/security and development studies, enabling cross-fertilisation between different perspectives. It allows the exploration of unique and new paradigms and practices in the fields of conflict, peace, security, defence, diplomacy, development and humanitarian intervention....
The MS in Conflict Management/Masters in Business Administration dual degree prepares students for competitive leadership and managerial positions in careers requiring ex
Dual Degree MS in Conflict Management and MBA
In partnership with the Coles College of Business, we now offer a dual degree program that combines the skills of the Master of Science in Conflict Management and the Master of Business Administration. The MS in Conflict Management/Masters in Business Administration dual degree prepares students for competitive leadership and managerial positions in careers requiring extensive understanding and interaction with conflict management and business acumen.
The students’ desire for this program comes from the extensive interaction between the two sectors in areas such as global project management, negotiations, and contracting. The programs are completed in 53 credit hours rather than the 72 hours that would be necessary if the degrees were pursued separately....
Czech University of Life Sciences - Faculty of Economics and Management
The master's degree study branch European Agrarian Diplomacy that is being taught in English has been established based on a request by the CR Ministry of Agriculture aim
The form of Study: Full-time Study
Length of Study: 2 years (4 semesters)
Entrance Exams: written form of the test from Economics and Management and Social Sciences in English only.
The master's degree study branch European Agrarian Diplomacy that is being taught in English has been established based on a request by the CR Ministry of Agriculture aimed at the education of specialists for the EU Common Agricultural Policy able to occupy the relevant positions both in the national and European institutions. Taking into account width of the problems and the significance of agriculture within the bounds of the European Union policies, the study branch has not been concentrated upon adaptation of the Czech Republic into the EU structures only, but it has been preparing specialists oriented in the current trends, be it within the boundaries of the agrarian sector development of European Union itself (Europe 2020 Strategy), or in the global questions and Europe's position in global agriculture....
Whether you are involved in establishing or managing capability requirements; engaged in the procurement, commercial or contracting activities; or developing and implemen
Whether you are involved in establishing or managing capability requirements; engaged in the procurement, commercial or contracting activities; or developing and implementing support solutions, this course will provide the underpinning knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills required for effective management of defence acquisition.
The course is focused on the wider Defence community and attracts civilian and military students from the public and private sectors globally.
Whether you are involved in specifying or managing capability requirements; engaged in the procurement of systems, services, equipment and material; managing commercial relationships and contracts; designing and optimising supply chains through better logistics and inventory control; or managing efficient and effective support solutions to sustain large diverse fleets of maritime, land, and air systems through long service lives; this course will provide the underpinning knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills you will require. The course teaches and encourages you to develop the skills to critically evaluate and apply a rich array of management theories, models, tools and techniques to meet your needs effectively in a dynamic national and international context....
The Department of Emergency Management (EM) at Arkansas Tech University offers a solid background in emergency management and homeland security skills such as preparednes
The Department of Emergency Management (EM) at Arkansas Tech University offers a solid background in emergency management and homeland security skills such as preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, prevention, protection, and strategic collaboration. There is a growing demand for professionals educated in emergency management for the private business sector, education, and various government agencies and organizations at all levels-local, state, regional, national, and international.
This program may be completed online.
This degree offers a specialized program both for existing career professionals in the discipline and for those seeking the diverse employment opportunities available in this evolving career field. The curriculum applies a multidisciplinary approach targeting the principles of emergency management along with state-of-the-art technologies. The EMHS Program Director acts as faculty advisor to each student admitted to the EMHS degree program....
The MSc in Political Science is the flagship degree of our top European political science department, whose high ratings and research attract academics from around the gl
MSc in Political Science
A broad, research-oriented degree programme
Does diversity jeopardise the welfare state? How is political radicalisation prevented? Why are Scandinavians more trustful than other people? At the Department of Political Science, our objective is to choose the right research strategies, methods, and theoretical concepts that will enable us to answer such questions. This may involve conducting surveys, statistical modelling, or interviews, spending hours at the library, or going on field trips to the Middle East.
The MSc in Political Science is the flagship degree of our top European political science department, whose high ratings and research attract academics from around the globe to its vibrant community of scholars. This is a high-quality, two-year programme for those who seek a comprehensive political science master’s focusing on research design and methodology. The programme gives students the possibility to specialise in the subfields of comparative politics, political theory, political sociology, international relations, public policy, or public administration....
Government at any level, from local to global, is essential for the development of society. It is among the most complex current professional settings, owing to the varie
Government at any level, from local to global, is essential for the development of society. It is among the most complex current professional settings, owing to the variety of activities and sectors, their interdependencies as well as the interplay between politics, policy and management.
This MSc provides candidates with the hard and soft skills they need to successfully lead and work in this environment.
The program is organized into two main learning blocks:
First, students are equipped to carry out policy analysis and evaluationthrough advanced analytical techniques, to design strategies and to manage projects
Second, they are supported in developing their unique professional profile through a careful selection of electives and a wide range of international opportunities. A choice ofmajors has been designed to meet the specific interests of students and the needs expressed by the job market.
Edinburgh Law School - The University of Edinburgh
This programme provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory, practice and debate in this interdi
This programme provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory, practice and debate in this interdisciplinary field. This MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at an undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject.
As a student on this programme, you will be part of our vibrant community of active researchers, international scholars and local practitioners in criminology and criminal justice. You will have ample opportunity to draw from our academics’ research, which is both theoretical and empirical and makes a difference to the world both locally and globally....