Appalachian State University

Cratis D. Williams Graduate School

Political Science


John E. Thomas Student Services Building

P.O. Box 32068

Boone, NC 28608

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Political Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts Degree in Political Science is designed to prepare persons for careers in a variety of public and private settings, and to prepare students for further graduate work at the doctoral level. In today’s expanding economy many individuals find it beneficial, or even necessary, to obtain an advanced degree in order to achieve career goals. The American government concentration promotes student understanding of the institutions of American Politics and the behavior of the public and political actors. The Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis concentration promotes a multidisciplinary curriculum and provides students with the hard skills necessary for conducting analyses of environmental policy issues. The International Relations/Comparative Politics concentration promotes student understanding of world politics and U.S. interactions with other nations. The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice is committed to giving its MA students the academic training that will allow them to pursue a wide range of opportunities. Program Highlights You are required to complete 30 credit hours with thesis or 36 credit hours without a thesis. Occasionally this has been accomplished in an academic year, but you can expect to complete the program in 1 ½ to 2 years by attending full-time. Internships: The department regularly places students in a variety of internships and will make every effort to help you obtain an internship that will provide you with practical experience suitable for your individual aspirations.


Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30-36

In State Tuition (per year): 6557 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 18369 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Town

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