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EIU Master of Arts in Political Science

Costs & Financial Assistance

Tuition, Fees & Expenses

You can obtain up-to-date information on the cost of earning an MA from EIU from the Office of Financial Aid.

Graduate Assistantships

Once you are accepted as a graduate student in our program, you may be eligible for a graduate assistantship award, which provides you with a monthly stipend and tuition waiver for 2 semesters and 1 summer. Graduate assistants work with faculty on research projects and help with grading for 18 hours per week. All graduate assistants must be available on campus on weekdays, and occasional weekends.

  • Our current stipend is $890 per month, from the end of September through the end of May, for a total of $8010 (for a full year assistantship).
  • You can apply for an assistantship when you apply to the program. For students already enrolled in the graduate program, you can apply for an assistantship here.
  • Spring assistantship applications are due November 1. 
  • Fall assistantship applications are due March 1.
  • Assistantships are very competitive, and most are distributed beginning in the fall semester.

In addition to departmental assistantships, additional assistantships exists across the university. You can check for available assistantships here. You can learn more about assistantships from the Graduate School.

Graduate Scholarships

Information about additional graduate level scholarships are available here.

International Student Scholarship

We have a diverse graduate student body, including a number of international students. We have had students come to our department from all over the world, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Estonia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Japan, Latvia, Romania, Senegal, Togo, Nepal, Nigeria, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. International students should also apply for the International Student Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance. Students who receive a Graduate assistantship may not also receive the International Student Scholarship, and typically select the assistantship instead.

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Contact Information

Department of Political Science

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-2926

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