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Earn Your Master’s in Political Science Online

Politics and government are among the most powerful forces that influence our day-to-day lives. By earning a Master of Arts in Political Science online from American Public University (APU), you will gain deeper knowledge of government, governance, and policy, benefiting from diverse viewpoints of APU’s unique working professional student population and an objective ideological approach to the discipline.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

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For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

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There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

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APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.


Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Comprehensive Coursework

Coursework covers a wide range of topics, including American government theory and process, comparative politics, political parties and interest groups, NGOs, defense and security, domestic and foreign policy, legislative behavior, political philosophy, and media.

Essential Skills

You’ll be challenged to sharpen your critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical capabilities—imperatives for evaluating policy at all levels of government.


To help meet your professional goals, you will choose a concentration. You have the option of concluding your program with a portfolio and reflection paper or taking a comprehensive exam.

Collaborative Learning

You will study alongside peer working professionals sharing distinct perspectives from their military, government, and public sector experience.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour. Eligible family members are parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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