College of Arts and Sciences


History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies
Political Science
Graduate Certificate in Political Science

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Political Science provides graduate-level instruction to students interested in obtaining advanced skills and knowledge in this area You will study political philosophy, American politics, comparative politics, public opinion, and research methods. When you complete the program, you will be able to:

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

The Graduate Certificate 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 hold a master's degree in a discipline other than political science, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Political Science.
If you plan to pursue the IU Online MAT in Political Science, you may apply the 18 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Political Science toward the masters degree.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Political Science, you must complete 18 credit hours.

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