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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Indianapolis, IN, United States
We offer a bachelor degree in Political Science at the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. Political science is the study of power: who has it, who doesn’t, and how it is used and controlled. In our classes, you will examine how governments come into power, how they are run, and the effects of the decisions they make. 
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These decisions affect all of us, every day, which is why it is important to understand how they are made, and who makes them. 

Political scientists study the people who run governments, the people who make laws and policies, and the sources of their authority. What motivates their decisions? What influences them most? Who impacts government and who doesn't? 

We study presidents and prime ministers, democracies and dictatorships, parties and elections, bureaucracies and interest groups, nongovernmental organizations, political violence, and civil war. We look at the theories that explain political behavior and we study political decisions in fields as diverse as the economy, welfare, the environment, criminal justice, civil rights and liberties, defense, and foreign policy. 

Learning Outcomes 

Students completing the Political Science B.A. program from the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis will achieve the following:


  • How to distinguish among theories of politics and analyze current political situations in theoretical terms
  • The basic forms and institutional components of governments
  • The roles of significant actors, domestically and internationally, including elites, masses, and institutions in the governmental and political processes

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The department offers introductory courses in all the major subfields of the discipline: American politics, public policy, public law, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. 
  • We also offer a wide variety of advanced courses in which students can learn more about topics as varied as Indiana state government; national politics in Washington, D.C.; the political systems of Africa, Asia, and Europe; the mechanics of voting and public opinion; and critical policy issues of our time, such as welfare, crime, war, globalization, the environment, and women in politics. 
  • Our students also gain hands-on experience through internships and multi-college political simulations.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit your application and essay
  • Pay the application fee or request a fee waiver
  • Have your test scores sent to IUPUI
  • Have your official high school transcript sent to IUPUI
  • Have official transcripts from any dual-credit or college courses sent to IUPUI (if applicable)
  • Submit credentials for any education completed outside the U.S. (if applicable)
  • Complete the Prior Conduct Information and Release form (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33347 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33347 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    33347 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33347 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9944 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Indianapolis

  • 1017 - 1930 USD/month
    Living Costs

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