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Our master of arts (MA) in political science will deepen your understanding of our field while preparing you for a variety of career goals including a doctoral degree or law degree, or work in the corporate world, government, or nonprofit sector.

In addition to an excellent education, we offer convenience and flexibility. Courses are offered in the evenings on campus and at the Ball State Indianapolis Center.

What You Will Learn

Learning outcomes include mastery of the following:

  • American institutions
  • international relations
  • comparative politics
  • research methods
  • political theory
  • policy making
  • policy analysis

Program Benefits

Design a course of study that follows your interests with our wide variety of graduate-level courses covering American institutions, international relations, comparative politics, research methods, political theory, policymaking, and policy analysis.

Our 14 full-time faculty specialize in:

  • public administration and policy
  • American government and politics
  • political theory
  • international relations
  • comparative politics

As a student, you will work and learn in close collaboration with faculty and with each other.

Program Requirements

The MA degree program in political science requires a minimum of 30 credits with at least 15 completed in political science courses at the 600-level.


These required courses must include:

  • POLS 625 Research Methods in Political Science
  • at least three additional 600-level courses in at least two subfields of the discipline of your choice, which must be approved by your advisor.

Subfields include:

  • American politics
  • comparative politics/international relations
  • public policy/administration

In addition, you must meet the university research and writing requirement in one of four ways:

  • a thesis (6 credits)
  • a research paper (3 credits)
  • a creative project (3 or 6 credits)
  • satisfactory completion of POLS 626 Research Seminar

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.

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What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Political Science?

You will have many options available after completing your degree. You may wish to pursue doctoral work at another university or apply to law school. You may also wish to seek governmental employment or work for a business or professional organization that requires knowledge of governmental processes.

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available within the Political Science Department. Assistantships are also available in other units across campus. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing a master of arts in political science? The first step is to apply as a graduate student to Ball State University. You will also need to submit materials directly to our department.

More Information

Do you want to learn more about this program or have questions about the application process or options for funding your education? You may complete our online form to request more information. Or if you would rather speak to someone directly, please feel free to call or email our department.