Master of Science Degrees in Political Science

Compare 59 MSc Programs in Political Science

Political Science

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. 

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MSc in Political Science

Suffolk University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Boston

The Suffolk Master of Science in Political Science leads the way in programs focused on professional politics and international relations. Classes take place just steps from the Massachusetts State House, national think tanks, and security agencies, so students get up close and personal with political processes and policymaking. [+]

The Suffolk Master of Science in Political Science leads the way in programs focused on professional politics and international relations. Classes take place just steps from the Massachusetts State House, national think tanks, and security agencies, so students get up close and personal with political processes and policymaking.

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MA in Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society

University Of Tuebingen
Campus Full time 4 - 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Tübingen

This course provides an in-depth examination of the nature and dynamics of Middle East politics. It explores some of the region’s key political and social structural traits as it aims at generating an understanding of the fundamentals of the modern Middle East. The course will focus on state formation, national identities, leadership, elites and the impact of the West. [+]

The CMEPS course structure

During their first year of study, students at AUC will take courses on the foundations of political science, while students at Tübingen University will, depending on their first degree, attend courses on political science or Arabic Language training. While studying at the partner university, all students will take Arabic and German language classes respectively.

Core courses

In CMEPS, all students will take the following core courses on Middle East Politics and Societies, Regime Change and Democratization, Comparative Politics of the Middle East, and Development Politics and International Cooperation.

Middle East Politics and Societies

This course provides an in-depth examination of the nature and dynamics of Middle East politics. It explores some of the region’s key political and social structural traits as it aims at generating an understanding of the fundamentals of the modern Middle East. The course will focus on state formation, national identities, leadership, elites and the impact of the West.... [-]


MSc Global Politics

New College of the Humanities
Campus Full time Part time August 2018 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

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.... [-]


MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies

The University of the West Indies - Mona School of Business & Management
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2018 Jamaica Kingston + 1 more

The Master in National Security and Strategic Studies serves, not only to complement the professional training of the senior managers of the security sector, but in many instances, provides them with the opportunity of exposure to the rigours of Graduate Studies in a field very applicable to their day to day activities. [+]

The Master in National Security and Strategic Studies serves, not only to complement the professional training of the senior managers of the security sector, but in many instances, provides them with the opportunity of exposure to the rigours of Graduate Studies in a field very applicable to their day to day activities. 

The educational emphasis is placed on a policy oriented approach, as well as on critical examination of the theories and concepts that have influenced regional strategic, defence and anti-crime policies. Particular attention is paid to emerging strategic trends that pose long-term challenges to Caribbean security as a region and individual countries, and raise complex trade-offs for policy makers.... [-]


Master of European Politics and Policies (Leuven et al)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Dual Degree Master of Business Admin/MS in Conflict Management (MBA/MSCM)

Kennesaw State University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Kennesaw

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. [+]

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.... [-]


M.S. in Security and Intelligence Studies

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Prescott

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 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.... [-]


MSc Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Durham University
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 United Kingdom Durham

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. [+]

Description

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.... [-]


Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
Campus Full time Part time 9 months August 2018 USA San Diego + 1 more

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. [+]

Now Accepting Applications Your Motivation

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.... [-]


Dual MA Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security

University of Malta
Campus Full time October 2018 Malta Valletta

This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldest and largest programme of graduate conflict studies in the United States, and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, which has been offering advanced degrees in diplomacy and building bridges between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for the past twenty years. The teaching faculty will be provided by S-CAR and MEDAC who will share teaching responsibilities in this programme. More information - http://www.um.edu.mt/icp/MSc-Conflict-Analysis-Resolution [+]

This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldest and largest programme of graduate conflict studies in the United States, and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, which has been offering advanced degrees in diplomacy and building bridges between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for the past twenty years.

ICAR and MEDAC will share teaching responsibilities in this program. Students who successfully complete this collaborative postgraduate programme earn two Masters degrees: MSc Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and an MA Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security from the University of Malta. The programme aims to provide students with an array of theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to:... [-]


MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design

Politecnico di Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Milan

This Master of Science offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory, and environment. [+]

Mission and Goals

In the urban planning spectrum, on the one hand, consolidation of a series of urban management activities that require advanced interpretation and application can be identified: the development of general urban planning tools; infrastructural, housing, transport, services and environmental policies; management of complex programmes and projects. On the other hand, the demand for new urban and territorial policies that require specific professional competence is increasing.

This Master of Science offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory, and environment.

Subjects

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MSc in European Integration

Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

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 Master at the VUB's Institute for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Brussels. We’ve updated the curriculum in 2017 to offer you the choice to study 2 policy field specialisations, which will be mentioned on your degree. You have the flexibility to obtain this Advanced Master degree in 1 or 2 years. It’s a very international programme and has a balanced classroom mix of young professionals and full-time students. [+]

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:... [-]


Master of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Arkansas Tech University
Online Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 USA Russellville + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


MSc in Political Science

Radboud University
Campus Full time September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

The programme analyses political behaviour, ideas, events and institutions with an emphasis on power relations. [+]

Power shapes politics, but what shapes power in the 21st century? The Radboud Master’s programme in Political Science offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to prepare for a rewarding career in leading positions in the public and private sector.

Specialisations

The Master's programme in Political Science offers a choice of six specialisations:

Comparative Politics: Focus on political challenges faced by contemporary (non-)democracies in a globalising world, such as growing inequalities, new demands on representative institutions, and pressures created by both migration and demographic change. Comparative Politics, Administration, and Society (COMPASS): Develop the skills needed for working in contemporary government. The courses focus on, for instance, the barriers to and facilitators of reform, Europeanisation and compliance with EU directives, and the challenges governments are facing in this century. Conflict, Power and Politics: Critically explore themes such as warfare, political systems, the articulation of political demands, ethnic violence and which ethical dilemmas arise in such situations. Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Politics: This specialisation introduces you not only to issues and ongoing debates in the field of gender and diversity studies in organisations and politics but also offers the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the state of the art in the field and to acquire knowledge of different policy practices related to it and their gendered implications. International Political Economy: Uncover the economic and political dimensions of global issues and power struggles behind policy choices. Learn to understand and explain the world from the perspectives of different stakeholders. International... [-]

MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security

Edinburgh Law School - The University of Edinburgh
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory and debate in this interdisciplinary field. This MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at the undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject. [+]

Programme description

This programme provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory and debate in this interdisciplinary field. This MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at the 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 in the world both locally and globally.

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