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Academic opportunities

The Bliss Institute, in conjunction with the Political Science Department, offers academic programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Graduate Programs

The Bliss Institute, in conjunction with the Political Science Department and the School of Law, offers two graduate degrees.  Both degree programs offer unique opportunities for prospective graduate students interested in careers in politics or political consulting. 


Certificate in Applied Politics

Citizen participation in politics is the backbone of democracy. The men and women who run political campaigns, contact public officials, and debate issues while holding jobs and raising families are critical to the future of the country. The Bliss Institute encourages such grassroots citizenship through the Certificate in Applied Politics.


Bliss Institute Internship Program

Internships offered through the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics provide students with the opportunity to experience practical politics firsthand by working for local, state, and national party organizations, candidates, interest groups, or public officials.


Careers in Applied Politics

Students who obtain a Master or Certificate in Applied Politics gain the knowledge for a wide range of careers, including:

  • Political Parties
  • Legislative Offices
  • Political Consultant
  • Campaign Manager
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Policy

UA Career Services:

Career Services Coordinators help students and alumni explore and reach career goals.  More information is available on their website.  

Why Study Applied Politics?

Alumnus Alex Bilchak (M.A.P. '14), Deputy Chief of Staff for State Auditor Keith Faber discusses his career path and shares advice for students.

Alumnus James Hardy (B.S. '06), Deputy Mayor for the City of Akron discusses his career path and shares advice for students.

Alumna Catey Breck (B.A. '06), Economic Development and Business Liaison for Congressman Tim Ryan, discusses her career path and shares advice for students.

Alumnus Greg Bennett (B.S. '12), Vice President of Government Affairs at Beyers, Minton & Associates, discusses his career path and shares advice for students.