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Political Science Colleges and Schools with Program Information

In a political science program, students learn how to study and research U.S. Supreme Court decisions, U.S. foreign relations, small-town politics and other related topics. This article highlights factors students should consider when selecting a political science school.

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There are a variety of paths a student seeking a political science degree can pursue. Students may be interested in a graduate or undergraduate degree program focusing on the policies and theory of politics, or the ever-changing world of social issues as they apply to politics.

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10 Political Science Schools

Below are a list of schools that offer degree programs in the field of political science, with tuition and fee rates for the 2015-2016 academic year provided by the National Center for Education Statistics:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
George Washington University Washington, DC 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,435
Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $5,150
American University Washington, DC 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Undergraduate Certificate $43,103
Barnard College New York, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $47,631
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,704
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $45,300
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,763 in-state, $37,471 out-of-state
Whitman College Walla Walla, WA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $46,138
University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,192 in-state, $44,365 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students seeking a degree in political science may want to consider the following:

  • Students may want to think about what kind of career they want to pursue when choosing a program, since many programs offer varying concentrations that may be more or less relevant to their intended field of knowledge.
  • Students may want to consider schools near the nation's or a state's capital, where they may find more opportunities for internships and hands-on experience in the political sphere.
  • Some programs offer students the opportunity to study abroad, which may be useful for students who want to focus on foreign relations.

Students interested in studying political science can look into the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees offered at many colleges and universities across the country. After completing their degree program, graduates may look for careers as politicians or in other positions related to policy-making.

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