Master of Arts

Online M.A. in Political Science

Study American and international politics.

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Interact with faculty in real-time through synchronous coursework
Customize your curriculum with your choice of electives
Choose a thesis or non-thesis track

Political Science, M.A. Overview

The University of West Florida’s fully online M.A. in Political Science is presented by the Reubin O’D. Askew Department of Government. Throughout the program, you will learn to analyze societies and governments by studying politics and current events, public policy and international governments. The program is writing and research intensive, developing skills to serve your future. With a master’s in political science, you could pursue work as a policy analyst, an information or intelligence analyst, a data analyst, a policy researcher, an advisor or strategist, a strategic planner, a non-profit organizer, an educator, political staffer, a military leader or a government official. Many of our students have also gone on to pursue a law degree or doctorate.

After a core of foundational political science courses, you will be able to choose between a thesis and non-thesis completion option. In the thesis track, you can choose nine hours of department-approved electives before writing a thesis project with the help of your faculty advisor. In the non-thesis option, you can choose 15 credit hours of political science electives. The non-thesis track is finished with a comprehensive written and oral examination.

Note: This online degree may not be available in all states. If you do not reside in Florida, review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.

Note: This is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend lectures in real-time via the University’s online video conferencing system. The core seminars are offered as synchronous, live sessions and approved department electives are made available either via synchronous course delivery or via recordings. Most classes are scheduled in the evening 1 day per week or during the lunch hour twice per week in order to be compatible with student needs.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Students interested in advanced study in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, applied data analytics and political theory
  • Students with strong reading, analysis and communication skills seeking higher-level development
  • Critical thinkers who want to address contemporary problems
  • Future educators at the secondary or post-secondary level
  • Distance learners who live outside of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida

You Will Be Able To:

  • Discuss the relevance of political scholarship to the practice of governance and political participation
  • Articulate and compare theories of political power and institutions
  • Synthesize theory, evidence and applications to produce an intelligible conclusion or solution to the original question
  • Present and defend written work orally