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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 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/Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Law. This option is ideal for students who want eventually seek to earn a Ph.D. or J.D. Also, this option is ideal for students seeking employment in community college teaching, federal government jobs, international relations, campaigns and lobbying, and a wide range of research and government careers.
  • The MA in Political Science with the Option in Public Administration and Public Policy offers an all on-line program focusing on Public Administration, Public Policy, and Nonprofits. Students in this program seek employment in state/local/regional government agencies, nonprofit agencies, public policy research, private sector government relations, protective services administration, and related career fields.
  • Students in each option take courses in the other option, strengthening skills, and building flexibility in career options. For instance, Public Administration/Public Policy students can take an International Relations course to add a global dimension to their administrative skills.
  • Both options can be completed in 2-3 semesters and one summer for full-time students, and 2-3 years for most part-time students.
  • Competitive graduate assistantships and scholarships are available.

Why Choose EIU for Your Graduate Studies?

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