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The Department of Political Science has earned the honorable designation as a "First Choice" program at Eastern Illinois University.



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Political Science at EIU

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in political science at Eastern Illinois University. By earning a master's degree (MA) in political science from EIU, you will receive an excellent graduate education, improve your future employment opportunities, achieve your advanced educational goals and you will study under an excellent faculty of committed teachers and scholars.

Flexible, Rigorous, Affordable

Students enrolled in the MA program in Political Science have two options, both taught by full-time Political Science faculty, committed to building relationships with students to develop their research and writing skills:

  • The MA in Political Science offers a mostly face-to-face program focusing on American Politics, International Relations, and Comparative Politics.
  • The MA in Political Science with the Option in Public Administration and Public Policy offers an all on-line program focusing on public administration, nonprofits, and public policy.
  • Both options require 32 credit hours, and can be completed in three semesters and one summer for full-time students. Part-time students typically complete their degrees in 2-3 years.
  • Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available to qualified students.

Why Choose EIU for Your Graduate Studies?

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