Understand and engage your society in a meaningful way

The master’s degree in Political Science will help you to develop skills essential for success in public administration, government, campaigns, non-profits and the private sector. Working with our faculty you will expand your knowledge of politics, government, philosophy and international relations while also engaging in critical and analytical thinking which employers are looking for in a competitive job market. Whether you choose to continue into a doctoral program or begin your career upon receiving your master’s degree, you will have the tools necessary for success.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration 2 years
Foreign Language Foreign language required for MA
Delivery 40-50% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours 30-36 hours
Thesis Requirements Thesis and non-thesis options

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN political science

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Political Sciences (MA/MS) :: Focus your Passion

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Political Science offers three different tracks to cater to your research interests and career goals. The Master of Arts in Political Science requires foreign language proficiency. Those seeking a Master of Science degree must demonstrate analytical, statistical and mathematical competencies through undergraduate or graduate coursework. Discover which program works best for you.

Thesis (MA/MS)

Interested in earning your Ph.D.? We recommend the thesis track. Work alongside our faculty as you conduct original research. Receive training in political methodology, data analysis and more. You’ll have the opportunity to present at conferences and publish your work in reputable journals.

Total Credit Hours: 30

Non-Thesis (MA/MS)

Our non-thesis option is recommended for current educators and those seeking to advance their knowledge. Choose from a wide variety of electives and take courses that interest you.
Total Credit Hours: 36

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What You Will Learn

A degree in political science will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Engage in meaningful discussions and debates
  • Explore foreign policy and international relations
  • Develop an awareness of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of community
  • Receive training in conducting original research
  • Gain insight into the politics, structures, and policy-making of the U.S. government
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Political Science (MA/MS) :: Careers

Careers

Become a lifelong advocate and civic leader by earning your master’s degree in Political Science from A&M-Commerce. Our program prepares you for further graduate work, jobs in government, education, business and more.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$116,180
Political Scientists
$122,220
Postsecondary Teachers
$76,990

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that offer opportunities to Political Science students.

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: FEATURED COURSES

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Designed for current students and working professionals, our flexible program lets you earn your degree at your own pace. Choose from a wide variety of courses that meet your research interests and career goals. We’re here to walk with you along the way.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: Program Admission Requirements US

Admissions

Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Note: International students are not accepted at this time.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Political Science, MA” or “Political Science, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Answer these prompts in no more than two pages:

  • Why do you want to study that particular area?
  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your short term education goals and long term career goals.
  • Why are you a good fit for our university?

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores (if required)

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • 3.00 GPA or higher on last 60 hours of undergraduate degree

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Political Science (MA/MS) :: Program Admission Requirements Intl.

Deadlines

  • Fall admission consideration: June 1
  • Spring admission consideration: October 15
  • Summer admission consideration: March 15

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Political Science, MA” or “Political Science, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Answer these prompts in no more than two pages:

  • Why do you want to study that particular area?
  • What do you hope this degree leads to? What are your short term education goals and long term career goals.
  • Why are you a good fit for our university?

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores (if required)

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 GPA overall or higher
  • 3.00 GPA or higher on last 60 hours of undergraduate degree

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different requirements for the MA and MS?

The Master of Arts in Political Science requires foreign language proficiency. Those seeking a Master of Science degree must demonstrate analytical, statistical and mathematical competencies through undergraduate or graduate coursework.

Master of Arts Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 12 undergraduate semester credit hours (approximately four courses) of a foreign language
  • Completion of six semester hours (above elementary courses) if two years of high school credit in the language have been submitted as part of the regular university admission requirements
  • Completion of 3 semester hours if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language. Students should consult with departmental Director of Graduate School regarding this requirement.

Master of Science Requirements:

  • Any combination of nine hours undergraduate and/or graduate courses beyond those required for the degree with departmental advisor approval of courses.
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