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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|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|
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.
Political Science Application Review Process
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.
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: