Degree Programs:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy

Master of Arts in Political Science - Online Collaborative

The IU Online Master of Arts in Political Science offers instruction in the approaches and methods political scientists use to analyze and explain political institutions and behavior.  

As a student in this program, you read, interpret, and evaluate literature in the political science discipline. You study the role of political science within the social sciences, the various methods used to build a body of knowledge, and the application of this knowledge to the political environment around you. You trace the influence of major theories and themes in political thought, and you conduct empirical social science research.  

You may choose between a world politics track and an American politics track.  

Your IU Online MA in Political Science helps prepare you for careers in such fields as:  

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 
  • Education 
  • Lobbying 
  • Policy analysis National security 
  • Public service, government, and politics 

This 100 percent online program is taught by IU East, IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty. 

Of Special Interest for Teachers/Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Dual-Credit Standards 

The stackable structure of the MA in Political Science is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in political science to hold either a master's degree in political science or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework. 

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MA in Political Science meets HLC standards. 
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than political science, you can meet HLC standards by completing the Graduate Certificate in Political Science. 

Degree Requirements  

To earn the MA in Political Science, you must complete a total of 30 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • Core courses (18 credit hours) 
  • Track courses (12 credit hours) 

Students are required to complete one of the following 12-credit tracks: 

  • World politics 
  • American politics 


To be accepted to this program, you must have: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  2. 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA 

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes: 

  1. Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution 
  2. 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program  

Application Dates 

  • Fall semester: Aug 1 
  • Spring semester: Jan 1 
  • Summer session 1: May 1 
  • Summer session 2: Jun 15  

Core Courses 

  • POLS-P 570 Introduction to the Study of Politics I (3 cr.) 
  • POLS-Y 529 National Institutions (3 cr.) 
  • POLS-Y 575 Political Data Analysis (3 cr.) 
  • POLS-Y 580 OR POLS-Y 524 Research Methods in Political Science OR Research Methods (3 cr.) 
  • POLS-Y 657 Comparative Politics (3 cr.) 
  • POLS-Y 600 Capstone (3 cr.) 

Tuition & Fees 

Cost for Indiana Residents 
Per Credit Hour 
  • Tuition: $320.00 
3 Credit Hours 
  • Tuition: $960.00 
Cost for Out of State Residents 
Per Credit Hour 
  • Tuition: $450.00 
3 Credit Hours 
  • Tuition: $1350.00 
Note: Additional fees will apply. 

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