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"What kind of job can I get with this degree?"

A degree in political science gives graduates the tools to analyze the world around them, think critically about the nature of our political and economic bodies, and understand our political process. Graduating with a Master of Arts in political science gives students an opportunity to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, from governmental positions, to business, law, journalism, activism, and many others.
The knowledge gained through a M.A. in political science provides graduates with a good understanding of the structures and processes of government. These skills can be applied in a multitude of different ways and provides flexibility when entering the workplace.

Below are some examples of the career paths many of our graduates pursue after graduation:

Government Administration: Local, State, and Federal

Legislative Careers: Local, State, and Congressional

Electoral Campaigns

Political Organizations

Non-Profit Advocacy

Lobbying/Public Relations

Academia: Teaching Political Science

Other Politics & Policy-Related Career Opportunities

While not required, the M.A. Political Science program offers four emphasis areas that can help demonstrate a learning focus for future employment or an advanced degree. Visit our course areas of emphases for more information.