Political Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #60 (WUR) , IN,
There are several features which make the Graduate Program in Political Science from Purdue University an unusual and outstanding one. With about 55 graduate students and 25 faculty members, we offer balanced educational opportunities in most of the traditional sub-fields of political science.


While the Department does have separate M.A. and Ph.D. tracks, the beginning graduate student will complete an M.A. degree prior to work at the doctoral level. If an M.A. degree in political science has already been obtained from another institution, the applicant may be considered for doctoral studies upon request following the first semester.

Neverthless, not all students wish to pursue a Ph.D., and instead seek employment or admission to a professional school after earning the M.A. degree. Once course requirements are fulfilled, the student is examined in one specialization (major) and one concentration (minor) area, both of which must be selected from the four areas offered by the Department. These examinations are evaluated by the faculty members in each area, and at that time a decision is made about whether or not the student should pursue doctoral work in the Department.

The department offers four areas of interest:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy.

Programme Structure

Political scientists usually study these broad topics through specific subfields such as:
  • political parties and voting behavior
  • interest groups
  • bureaucracies and administrative procedures
  • international politics and organization
  • executive politics and legislative behavior
  • courts and the administration of justice
  • intergovernmental relations
  • political socialization and political recruitment
  • political personality
  • mass movements and revolutions
  • political philosophy
  • community organization and urban politics
  • policy studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

When applying, the following items should be submitted through the Purdue University Graduate School website.

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE/TOEFL scores: All students must take and submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). Students must receive a score of 160 or higher on the verbal section of the exam
  • Tuition Fee

    • National Applies to you

      14397 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 14397 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • In-State Applies to you

      4996 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4996 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    All admitted students are considered for financial assistance, and most students receive departmental funding or secure funding from other units on campus. This funding covers most of the costs of study in our department, plus a stipend for living expenses. Please note departmental funding decisions are based upon academic merit, not financial need.
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