Program Overview

See Yourself Succeed in Political Science

The 12-course, 36-credit master's in political science online program combines the history of politics with contemporary research. The curriculum aligns with the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Principles for Graduate Education in Political Science. The APSA places equal importance on rigorous analysis and how politics can explain the human experience. You'll study how contemporary political thought, ethical public policy and governmental institutions intersect.

The political science MS program offers opportunities to study American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public law, public policy and political theory. You'll learn how to:

  • Critically analyze political systems and public policy to develop practical, collaborative solutions for contemporary politics
  • Critically assess and interpret data and political research for credibility, reliability and accuracy
  • Cultivate collaborative strategies for creating professional and informed communication that targets specific political audiences
  • Articulate an ethical framework for practice that accounts for the roles and responsibilities of political leaders
  • Apply contemporary political theory and analysis to the shifting political landscape
  • Act as an empowered and accountable agent of change

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    A bachelors degree is required.

    School Overview

    At Southern New Hampshire University, your success is our mission. Since 1932, we’ve been relentlessly reinventing higher education and have gained national recognition for our dedication to helping students succeed. Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. For the fifth consecutive year, SNHU announced it will hold its tuition rates at 2012 levels.

    SNHU also offers:

    • Admission counselors to help you choose the degree that best supports your goals
    • Your own dedicated academic advisor to provide the guidance and encouragement you need for academic success
    • Dedicated career advisors, webinars, internships and more to prepare you to enter or advance in the workforce
    • Instructors with real-world expertise in the fields they teach
    • World-class student services, including an online bookstore, online library, tutoring and 24/7 tech support, all developed specifically with the busy adult learner in mind

    96% of students surveyed across all programs would recommend SNHU to a friend.


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