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Master of Arts in Political Science


The Master of Arts program focuses on the core scholarly Areas of Political Science.  Courses in the Ma program serve as foundation for work in doctoral program or as preparation for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or related work in the private sector.  Students specialize in one of the five concentration areas.

NU students on Balkans Dialogue sit in Serbian Parliament to hear a lecture on Serbian politics (2016)

Northeastern students on Balkans Dialogue sit in Serbian Parliament to hear a lecture on Serbian politics (2016)


The concentrations available in the MA program include:

Program Requirements

For more information on requirements for the MA program see the Course Catalog.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain, compare, and contrast fundamental political processes, institutions, actors, and ideas related to at least one of the following fields:
    • American Government and Politics
    • Comparative Politics
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy
    • Security Studies
  • Investigate and analyze contemporary political issues and major arguments in the field of political science
  • Assess the value and use of primary and secondary sources of argumentation and evidence
  • Develop and apply statistical research skills related to the study of political science
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral formats relevant to the field of political science
  • Apply and integrate personal experience in government, politics, or related activities with the academic study of political science
  • Design and complete an independent research project in the domain of government and politics
Scholarship and Financial Aid
  • Our top masters applicants are eligible for the Political Engagement Scholarship that cover up to 50% of tuition for the duration of the degree program. There is no separate application for these awards. Students simply indicate interest in funding via the “Financial Assistance” section in the online admission application.
  • Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services Office administers graduate financial aid. Federal financial aid and alternative educational loan programs — Interested applicants must complete a FAFSA form.
  • Veterans: The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more information about Program and Eligibility please visit the Yellow Ribbon Program website