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

Student 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 all three areas of study.  Our graduates are able to find jobs in their fields soon after receiving their degrees.

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

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.

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


Contact Information

Contact Information:

Dr. Nancy Marion


(330) 972-5551