The Master of Applied Politics program is offered by the Department of Political Science in cooperation with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. It is one of the few professional masters degree programs in the United States focusing on practical politics designed for students interested in efforts to influence political decisions. This includes activities to capture elective public office in partisan contests, influencing legislation and strengthening political organizations.
Students must complete 39 credits of graduate work including a set of core courses, 12 credits of electives, a professional internship, and the preparation and defense of an applied politics portfolio. The range of elective courses allows students to specialize in the area of greatest interest to them including lobbying and political communications. The program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. The program can be completed in as little as one calendar year plus one semester (seventeen months).
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.
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.
Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.
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