M.A. in Political Science

The American system of self-government and political participation is one of the great stories of world history. From town and city councils to the Congress and the presidency, the institutions, political factions and social forces that drive our collective decision-making impact all of society and every individual. The Master of Arts degree in Political Science examines domestic and foreign governments, the legislative process, the Constitution, government functions, and the role of governments and their impacts on people. In addition, students must complete either a thesis or comprehensive exam.

The graduate program offers courses from four different areas: American Government, Comparative Government, International Relations and Political Theory. Courses in each of these areas afford the student an in-depth examination of the fundamental forces, institutions and functions of public policy and governance. This program is ideal preparation for a wide range of careers or for doctoral study.


Applicants to the Master of Arts in Political Science must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: (non-refundable)
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related social science field with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  • In addition to satisfying the general requirements for admission to graduate studies, applicants may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (both the aptitude test and the advanced political science or government test).
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Personal statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials to:

Graduate Admissions Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300


Each grade below B is considered a deficiency. Two deficiency grades will result in probation.  Three deficient grades will result in dismissal. It is the student’s responsibility to bring any deficiencies to the attention of the graduate committee chairperson.

Students may choose to complete a comprehensive examination in Political Science as part of the non-thesis track M.A. degree requirements. Graduate students may take the comprehensive examination no more than three times. A third failure is final and subsequently no degree will be awarded.

Check out the LIU Post Graduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean