Political Science: Applied Politics, M.A.

Master of Applied Politics

About the Degree

The Master of Applied Politics, in cooperation with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, is one of the few programs in the United States focusing on practical politics and efforts to influence political decisions.  It is designed for students interested in efforts to influence political elections and decisions. This includes activities to capture elective public office in partisan contests, influencing legislation, and political organizations. There is also a joint JD/MAP program offered with the UA Law School.

Students may specialize in campaign management, fundraising, lobbying, political communication, or political organizations.

Our students will study the nuts-and-bolts of practical politics: strategy, tactics and operations of political campaigns and issue advocacy.

Salary and Career Outlook

Politics has been steadily professionalizing and this process is far from complete. Career opportunities are numerous in the battleground state of Ohio.

Entry level salaries vary enormously, but the average is about $40,000 a year.

Why Akron?

The Master of Applied Politics degree is one only four such degrees in the US and the only one in the Midwest.

The distinctive features of this degree is learning about practical politics from practitioners and doing a full-time internship in the field. The key to job placement in politics is knowledge and networking. Our program offers both things.

Recent graduates have been employed by:

  • New Visions Group, Account Manager
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Judicial and Legislative Affairs Counsel
  • The University of Akron, Special Projects Coordinator

Contact Information

Contact Information:


Dr. Nancy Marion


(330) 972-5551