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Political Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Billings, MT, United States
The Department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies combines four scholarly disciplines, each with its separate faculty and academic programs. The Political Science program is offered by Montana State University Billings.  
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Mission Statement

Political Science is the study of politics, government, and public affairs. It provides the student with knowledge and understanding of the theory, organization, functions, and processes of domestic and international systems and institutions of politics and government, including the role of individual and group relations. 


Courses offered are oriented toward:

  • Preparing the student for citizenship roles in community and national affairs and providing a coherent knowledge of political and government activities
  • Assisting the student to secure a broad liberal arts and sciences education
  • Providing undergraduate preparation for those students who propose to study at the graduate level
  • Offering general training for students who plan careers in government and public affairs
  • Preparing students for careers in secondary teaching
  • Providing a sound background for those students who intend to enroll in law and other professional schools
  • Providing a useful background for students who wish to work in management and staff positions in business and industry which have relationships with the public sector, including political journalism

Skill Development

Graduates of the Political Science program from Montana State University Billings will:

  • Comprehend and utilize qualitative and quantitative methods used in the social sciences and the law to answer questions and investigate social and political problems
  • Have highly developed critical thinking skills which enables them to understand and evaluate rival theories, interpretations, and arguments
  • Be able to communicate effectively using verbal and written communication skills that are well-organized arguments supported by evidence
  • Be able to plan, organize, and conduct political, social science, legal and public affairs research in a highly professional manner that uses a complex array of resources to support their argument
  • Be able to manage organizations, programs, and personnel in an effective, efficient, and ethical manner

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:

  • Introduction to American Government 
  • Introduction to Comparative Government 
  • Introduction to International Relations 
  • Introduction to Public Administration 
  • Media, Public Opinion, and Polling
  • Research Methods
  • College Writing 

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 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

  • ACT composite score of 22 or
  • SAT combined math and verbal score of 1030 or
  • 2.5 grade point average or
  • Rank in the upper half of your high school graduating class

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19245 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Montana Residents1940$ per 1-5 creditsNon-Residents5220$ per 1-5 credits

Living costs for Billings

  • 945 - 1960 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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