Master of Arts in Political Science

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Earn Your Master's Degree in Political Science at TWU!

In just two years and for less than $16,000, you can earn your Master of Arts in Political Science in our FULLY ONLINE program.

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Why get a Master’s in Political Science at TWU?

  • Program is FULLY ONLINE!
  • Work closely with renowned faculty who have expertise in women and politics, international relations, comparative politics, American politics, media and politics, state and local politics, law and courts, and political theory
  • Earn a master's degree in as few as four semesters
  • Costs are less than $4,000 per semester (nine credit hours for a full-time graduate student)
  • No required entrance examination (GRE is optional)
  • Almost all of our graduate students receive financial aid; many work as teaching or research assistants and receive a stipend (as well as health insurance!)
  • As a smaller program, faculty give students personalized attention (graduate seminars usually have 8-12 students)
  • Prime location in the middle of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, America's fourth-largest metropolitan area
  • Finally, if you already teach government in a public Texas high school, 18 hours of graduate coursework from our program will allow you to teach dual-credit students

Career possibilities

• Local, state and federal government
• Lobbyist
• Lawyer
• Court clerk
• Paralegal
• Civil rights advocate
• Consumer advocate
• Policy analyst
• Political campaign staff
• Researcher
• Grant writer
• Government liaison
• Environmental organizations
• CIA and FBI
• Non-profit groups
• Pursue a PhD

You can also be a dual-credit teacher of political science and government in high schools and community colleges.

Hear from one of our alumni

La Toya Hart

"From the beginning, professors and staff made me feel welcome. The classes were engaging and knowledgeable. I was able to secure a position working as a grad assistant. Due to COVID, I was forced to finish via zoom classes. Professors made sure students had the information we needed, and they took time to acknowledge our wellbeing."

La Toya Hart (MA '21)

My most memorable moment and class was the History of Rock and Roll taught by Dr. Olsen. It was in this class that I had a political awakening. The material challenged my thoughts and exposed me to history I had not heard before.

In my time in the grad program, I was taught how to network and make connections. I graduated in May 2021. I started my career working in politics and made the switch to law enforcement. I will forever be grateful for my time in the grad program at TWU.

Admission requirements

Degree details

Students admitted to our program will select one of the following options with consultation and approval of their graduate committee. The student’s graduate committee may require completion of more than the minimum number of semester credit hours indicated and specify courses to be included in the student’s individual degree. These options include:

Please visit our Graduate Catalog for more information about degree and course requirements regarding our different degree options.

Admission to the History & Political Science Graduate programs

Program Contact

Christina Bejarano, PhD

Application Deadlines

No fixed deadlines - Rolling admissions

Admission requirements

Applicant’s overall record should clearly reflect the ability to pursue advanced study, conduct research and write effectively in the field selected.

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 on the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • A minimum of 12 semester credit hours of upper-division undergraduate or graduate work in the major field.
  • Collect and submit the following documents into the application:
    • writing sample (college paper in any subject AND a 1 page personal statement that describes your goals)
    • curriculum vita
    • email addresses and phone number for three individuals familiar with your academic capabilities, who can provide  letters of recommendation to be requested through and submitted into the application.

Applicants who do not meet the above prerequisites at the time of application may, under exceptional circumstances, be recommended for provisional admission by the department.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

Contact us

To learn more about the master's of political science, please contact Director of Graduate Studies Christina Bejarano, PhD, at or 940-898-2255, or fill out and submit the following form.

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Page last updated 10:04 AM, March 26, 2024