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American University Master of Arts in Political Science
American University

Master of Arts in Political Science

Washington, USA

2 Years


Full time

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USD 1,922 / per credit


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Washington, DC is Your Classroom

The MA in Political Science at AU’s School of Public Affairs prepares you to compete and lead in the political arena—on Capitol Hill, in political campaigns, and in non-profits, think tanks, or consulting firms. You’ll build your expertise in campaign management, public affairs advocacy, and analysis of the political process.

The Art & Science of Politics & Policy

This degree equips you with the kind of critical thinking skills imperative to dissecting systems of government and analyzing political activity and behavior. Our students learn the art of policymaking along with the theory and practice of politics within different political systems. Our dedicated faculty help you explore the interaction between domestic and foreign policy and problems relating to urban and rural development in emerging nations, as well as democratization and political change. What’s more, you’ll have opportunities to research how the American political system influences public policy and political behavior.

Tailor the Program to Your Interest

Through our core curriculum, our students examine critical questions at the core of political science, apply political science theories to real-world problems, and become fluent in empirical research design, evaluation, and quantitative methods. The three concentrations of American, Comparative, and Applied Politics allow you to focus your studies on your area of interest. Concentrations are an ideal way to build upon areas of expertise and showcase that expertise on your resume, online portfolios, LinkedIn, and other social media profiles.

Excel in the Political Arena

Our rich academic curriculum and unparalleled ability to connect students with experts are enhanced by our location in the heart of the nation’s capital. With Washington as your classroom, you’ll be able to gain experience on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and on K Street. Our students experience politics as both a science and a professional practice. If you want to gain the skills and knowledge today to become one of the leading political practitioners of tomorrow, the MA in Political Science at the School of Public Affairs is the place for you.



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