Political Science

Master of Arts in Political Science

About the Degree

The master’s program in Political Science allows students the opportunity to develop their research skills and the chance to work closely with renowned faculty members in their field of interest. The program provides each student with the flexibility to develop a plan of study suitable to his or her own interests, needs, and career goals.    

There are three tracks in the MA:

  1. security studies (which prepares students for jobs in homeland security);
  2. American politics (which prepares students for jobs in government);
  3. and Criminal Justice (which prepares students for jobs in the criminal justice system).

Students study substantive issues in national security, American government and criminal justice, and also acquire valuable research and technical skills.

Salary and Career Outlook

Career outlook is good in security studies and criminal justice, but less so in American politics.

The salaries vary considerably, ranging from the $30,000 to $50,000 a year for entry level positions.

Recent employers include:

  • Foreign Affairs Research Analyst, U.S. Department of State
  • Assistant Director, Community Health at Summit County Public Health
  • Associate Director, Government Affairs, Byers, Minton & Associates, LLC

Why Akron?

  • The security studies and criminal justice tracks offer intensive classes, exposure to practitioners in the field, and full-time internships with government agencies.
  • Students will acquire excellent research skills and up-to-date knowledge of key areas of government policy.


Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. Nancy Marion

                                                            Olin Hall, Room 204


                                                            (330) 972-5551

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                            (330) 972-7664