Political Science

The Political Science Department offers four graduate degree options: The M.A., the M.A.-Security Studies Track, the Master of Applied Politics (M.A.P.), the MAP/Juris Doctor (J.D.). The M.A. allows for concentrations in American politics, International Relations/Comparative politics, and Criminal Justice.  The M.A. - Security Studies Track is a program of study that prepares students for work in national security and diplomacy careers. The M.A.P. program prepares students for work in the real world of politics. The M.A.P./J.D. allows students to study the practical aspects of politics while also getting a law degree at the University of Akron. You can find more information about the graduate programs at the Political Science Department site.


Admission Requirements

Three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required. The Graduate Committee examines applicants' college courses and grades. Applicants with undergraduate degrees or post baccalaureate work will be granted full admission if they have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. (out of 4.0) overall or 3.0 G.P.A. for their last 64 hours of course work and 3.0 G.P.A. in political science course work (or course work in major for non political science majors). No student will be considered for conditional or provisional admission to the program unless s/he has at least a 2.75 overall G.P.A; or at least a 2.75 G.P.A. for the last 64 hours and a 2.75 G.P.A. in political science (or course work in major for non political science majors).

Application Deadline

  • April 1 for Fall enrollment
  • December 1 for Spring enrollment

Additional Information

The MA requires 30 credit hours of graduate work including six required seminars, two additional seminars, and six additional graduate credits in political science. Students are required to write an Essay of Distinction and to take comprehensive exams to fulfill degree requirements at the end of the program.

The Department of Political Science also offers a Master's of Applied Politics in coordination with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. You can find admission information for this program here.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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