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Political Science | Master of Arts Degree


The Master of Arts in Political Science allows academically talented students to advance their knowledge and analytical skills by focusing on an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented area of concentration within the broad field of political science. Students can focus on American Politics, International Affairs, Gender and Politics, and Political Theory.

The SLU M.A. prepares students for further graduate study or for careers in government, foreign service, national or international business, non-profit organizations and NGOs.

The department offers an M.A. and an accelerated B.A./M.A. In association with the Department of Public Policy, we offer a dual degree M.P.A./M.A.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: May 1 (International: April 15) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or LSAT scores; Resume; Writing sample; Statement of Purpose
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: April 1
E-mail: polscima@slu.edu
Tel. No.: 314.977.3035
Chair: Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D.
Program Director: J.D. Bowen, Ph.D.


Assistantship Application Deadline: January 30

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

For International Applicants, Saint Louis University has partnered with International Skill Verification Services (ISVS) to interview applicants from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Your participation in the ISVS International Study Candidate Assessment Process (ISCAP) will enable us to provide greater consistency in evaluations and deliver faster and more efficient response times for admissions and scholarship decisions. SLU, therefore, strongly suggests that all applicants from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam register and complete the ISCAP. The ISCAP interview and writing assignment is conducted online. You many participate in the ISCAP using a recent laptop computer from any private place with a strong Internet connection.

The ISCAP is a guided interview-based process that requires no specific preparation. It is designed to give universities a better sense of your spoken English and ad hoc English writing skills, as well as give you the opportunity to powerfully share who you are with us. Please visit the ISVS website for more information and to schedule your interview.

Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • A GPA of 3.4 (overall and in political science courses) 
  • A review of GRE scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Political Science Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by committee of Political Science Department faculty members

Admission Statistics

  • Applicants will be informed as soon as the department makes a decision.

Credit Hours/Coursework: The M.A. is a 30-hour program. Students who enter the accelerated B.A./M.A. program take six of these hours (two graduate classes) in their senior year that count toward both the B.A. and M.A. requirements. | Graduate Programs

Program Description: The Political Science M.A. provides students with advanced skills in political and social analysis and expertise in national or international politics. Students may study either American politics or international affairs, and they can choose between an academic or more practical, real-world focus. | Why should you consider a SLU M.A. in Political Science?

Careers Possibilities: Government jobs, careers in international organizations, campaign aide, diplomat, labor relations specialist. | Career Opportunities for M.A. Students

Curriculum & Program Details: Each student works out a curriculum plan for his or her area of concentration and a capstone project in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Students may elect to take some of their coursework in a cognate field. There are four areas of concentration.

  • American Politics concentration. Students can choose from a general American politics tract that is appropriate for many students, including those interested in further academic study of American politics, and two more career-oriented tracks, one in Polling, Campaigns and Elections, and the other in Public Law.
  • International Affairs concentration. Students can choose from a general International Affairs track, a track that focuses on Security and Cooperation, and a Foreign Service Track.
  • Gender and Politics concentration. This concentration explores the social and political ramifications of gender in U.S. and world politics.
  • Political Theory concentration. This concentration provides substantive grounding in the history of Western political thought, as well as the opportunity to explore issues in contemporary political theory and philosophy.

The Master of Arts Program in Political Science | Political Science Courses

About the Political Science Faculty: All faculty members of the Political Science Department are internationally renowned. | Political Science Faculty and Staff

Scholarships & Financial Aid: For full consideration for financial aid, including assistantships, applications must be in by January 30 for the following fall semester. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The Saint Louis University M.A. provides students with:

  • Broad theoretical understanding of the political and social environments that shape possibilities for change
  • Advanced skills in political and social analysis
  • Expertise in national politics and policy, or in comparative and international politics
  • Understanding of the connections between culture and social and political institutions
  • Ability to analyze questions of ethics and social justice in different cultural and historical contexts, and in a variety of professional and organizational contexts - at local, national, and international levels
  • Disciplinary preparation for:
    • Professional schools, including law, public policy, public health, business, and journalism
    • Ph.D. programs in political science and related fields
    • Enhanced career opportunities
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