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Master of Science in Political Science
In AUM’s Master of Science in Political Science (MPS) program, graduate students gain rigorous, advanced training in core political science ideas and leading-edge research and statistical methodology. This in-depth training program in political science is designed for students who seek academic or professional careers. It provides an opportunity for students to:
The MPS program offers students two primary areas of specialization: American Politics and International Relations. The former explores American institutions and the interplay between public opinion and policymaking. The latter explores a variety of topics including U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the global economy, and more.
All courses meet in the classroom. A low student-faculty ratio ensures that each graduate student receives hands-on training from faculty members who are experts in their fields. See the MPS Brochure for a brief overview of each participating faculty member’s research areas.
Our graduates are well positioned for a variety of career paths. Recent graduates have continued their studies in the Auburn University-Auburn University Montgomery Joint Ph.D. Program in Public Administration and Public Policy and in law school. Others have accepted positions with public sector organizations.
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AUM is honored to have received many national and regional awards over the years. U.S. News & World Report named AUM one of its Top Public Schools for 2021, and Yahoo! Finance honored us as one of the Most Affordable Universities for 2021.
We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.
AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.
We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.
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Our graduates pursue a variety of careers in law, government, education, nonprofits, consulting, journalism, policymaking, and lobbying. Some continue their education in programs such as the Auburn University-AUM Joint Ph.D. Program in Public Administration and Public Policy.
Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. See the program’s application instructions for details on the application process. Students are encouraged to start the program in the fall if possible, but are welcome to begin in the Spring term.
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
With this master’s degree, you have many career possibilities. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (or another source, if noted).
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Political Scientist||Master's degree||9% (As fast as average)||$122,510|
|Urban and Regional Planner||Master's degree||7% (As fast as average)||$78,500|
|Policy Analyst||Master's degree||Not available||$76,162 (indeed.com)|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Available data represents job titles across industries and may not be specific to your job category.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Degree Name
Master of Science in Political Science
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.