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Master of Arts in Political Science

The Political Science Master's Degree at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) merges the academic and practical aspects of politics together in a unique curriculum that prepares students to apply their learning to the real world. In our online Political Science Master's Degree Program we offer emphasis in the areas of American National and State Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law. Our Program is a good fit for students who want to pursue careers in practical politics, for those who are preparing to teach, and for those who aspire to earn an advanced degree in political science or law.

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Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school.

  2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  3. International applicants must satisfy the UIS English proficiency requirements (found at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/international/graduate/#epa).

  4. No prerequisites, but students without statistical methods experience are required to take PSC 451: Empirical Political Analysis as an elective within the program.


Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applytoday/ by completing the Graduate Student Application, submitting official copies of all transcripts to the UIS Admissions Office, and submitting the $60 application fee to the UIS Admissions Office ($75 for international students). GRE scores are not required.

Transfer Policy

All transfer credit hours are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the Political Science Department. Up to 12 hours of prior graduate credit may be accepted where a "B" or better was earned.

Special Characteristics

Courses are taught by the same high caliber faculty members who teach our on-campus courses. Degree can be completed in two years by attending full-time, but many working professionals choose to be part-time, taking three to four years to complete their degree.