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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Bozeman, MT, United States
The Political Science program from Montana State University will develop knowledge of American political institutions, world politics, political theory, public administration, and policy.  
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Course Description

Our students learn to analyze, interpret, and explain political phenomena through the lens, and with the methods, of a political scientist.  Our integrated curriculum challenges students to develop their critical thinking, communication, and research skills, preparing our graduates for citizenship and leadership, post-graduate study and diverse employment possibilities.  Political Science is an excellent background for students preparing for degrees in government, politics, civil society, the law, and the private sector.

As a major of the Political Science program from Montana State University, you will construct an individualized course of study drawing on our rich curriculum, internship program, complimentary majors and minors, and study abroad opportunities. Students will take a lower division foundation block of five courses that introduces them to the sub-fields of Political Science and their modes of inquiry.  After completion of the five-class foundation block, students individualize their course of study while fulfilling their upper division coursework requirements and a research design class.  

Requirements for a degree in Political Science include:

  • Completion of five Political Science lower division foundation courses;
  • Completion of seven Political Science upper division courses;
  • Completion of PSCI 390R-Research Methods in Political Science your Junior year;
  • Completion of MSU general graduation requirements of 120 credits, including 42 upper division credits, and the MSU core.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • College Writing 
  • Knowledge and Community
  • First Year Seminar

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General Requirements

  • Complete your application. 
  • Pay the application fee of US$38 for the online application or US$30 for the paper application. 
  • Submit your proof of English proficiency.  
  • Submit your transcripts. If you are applying as a freshman, please send us your high school transcript. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25850 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7320 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bozeman

  • 1099 - 2280 USD/month
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