Master of Applied Politics

Master of Applied Politics

 It is one of the few professional master’s degree programs in the United States focusing on practical politics and efforts to influence political decisions. This includes winning elections, influencing legislation and strengthening political organizations.

The program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students and can be completed in as little as fifteen months. The degree can also be obtained via distance learning.


 Admission is open to students who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree and who fulfill the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Taking the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is recommended but not required. Students need to submit three letters of recommendation and a statement of personal goals with their application.

Academic Requirements for the Master of Applied Politics

  • Core Courses -18 credits:

1. Complete 39 credits of graduate work, including the following:
3700:570 Campaign Management I 3
3700:571 Campaign Management II 3
3700:600 Scope and Theory of Political Science 3
3700:601 Research Methods in Political Science 3
3700:672 Seminar: Political Influence and Organizations 3

3700:695 Internship in Government and Politics*

* Three credits required:additional credits will be counted toward elective credit.


  •  Elective courses - a total of 21 elective credits (6 credits must be at the 600-level):

* Six credits from the following

3700:540 Survey Research Methods 3
3700:572 Campaign Finance 3
3700:574 Political Behavior and Electoral Politics 3
3700:655 Campaign and Election Law 3
3700:577 Lobbying 3
7600:575 Political Communication 3
Fifteen credits of additional course work from above or from approved courses in Political Science, Communication, Public Administration or other departments.

2. Prepare an applied politics portfolio containing:

 - At least two major papers prepared for required courses.

 - An applied politics capstone project assigned by the student's advisor.

3. Pass an oral defense of the applied politics portfolio






















 Internship Requirements

Bliss Institute Internship Program

Portfolio Requirements

- The Applied Politics capstone project

- The Student's final paper from the Seminar in Political Influence and Organizations

- The student's final paper from the Internship in Government and Politics

- A final paper from one other Applied Politics course chosen by the student