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Research Mentoring, Student Publishing and Travel Opportunities

Michael Neureiter - Comparing Media Coverage in World Markets

Throught the Department's rich mentoring opportunities, Neureiter has been able to present his research and thesis at a conference.

Our program provides you many opportunities to develop and enhance your research interests. Since 2002, our students have published their research on more than 40 different occasions in academic journals and books, which is especially unique for students in Master’s programs in Political Science. You will have the opportunity to work with faculty committed to seeing you excel in your research. You will also have the opportunity to present your research papers at academic conferences, which in many cases, also entailed full funding for the travel. Our students have presented their research at the International Studies Association-Midwest in St. Louis, the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, the Illinois Political Science Association in Chicago, among other places, including conferences in Montreal Quebec and Lusaka Tanzania, which demonstrates our commitment to mentorship and your professional development.

Click here (pdf) for a summary of EIU Political Science graduate student publications and research accomplishments. 

Aaron Hacker researches changes in Congress.

Graduate Student Aaron Hacker and Professor Mellinda Mueller give insight into Aaron's graduate research.

Flexible Study Options

You have a variety of curriculum options, including “concentrations” in American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, and Public Administration and Policy. We also have a new Public Policy Certificate option that combines Political Science training with courses in Geographical Information Systems, which can be a helpful professional skill in the competitive job market..

Track Record of Student Success

Upon graduation, our students have had been successful in finding excellent employment options, and have been admitted to Ph.D. programs and law schools of their choice. Our students have been admitted to doctoral programs—with funding---at Purdue University, the University of Missouri, University of Delaware, Claremont Graduate University, and others. We have students who work in local and state government, and others who work for a variety of political advocacy groups, both domestic and international.

Global Impact

Ricel Valdes Caldwell

Ricel Valdes Caldwell's Work with USAID Makes Global Impact. Read more...

Placement Record

By earning a Master's Degree in political science, you will improve your job prospects in the public and private work place. You will gain research, writing and analytical skills that come with advanced graduate study which will make you more competitive when applying for advanced graduate study or for jobs upon your graduation.

For students who wish to continue on in graduate studies in either law school or Ph.D. programs, we have an excellent placement record. Our students have been accepted into institutions such as:

  • University of Illinois- Chicago
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska
  • Purdue University
  • Texas Tech University


A number of our recent students helped their job opportunities and additional academic prospects through their participation in conferences or by publishing their own research (PDF). In our program, our faculty will assist you in enhancing your academic record as is demonstrated by our recent graduates' achievements. Our graduates have found professional positions in a variety of fields.