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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Political science and sub-fields such as public administration, international relations, and law, offer students a wide range of avenues to fulfill an interest in public affairs. Study focuses on institutions and processes by which people govern themselves or are governed and on methods of resolving issues from local to international levels. MTSU combines classroom learning with practical training through fieldwork, internships, student organizations, and intercollegiate academic teams.
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  • Students benefit from special advanced studies courses, with recent topics like Sustainable Development in Cities, India on the Eve of Independence, and American Politics in the Information Age. Guest speakers have included Jackie Sims, founder/director of “Beloved Community” Sustainability Project; Dr. Charles Lamb, constitutional law/civil rights expert; and Joseph Ingle, prison reform activist.
  • Programs in Political Science and International Relations offer preparation to students for a wide range of careers in government, law, public service, public affairs, international affairs, non-governmental organizations, and education. The programs also help prepare students for more advanced degrees in the area. Students of political science also use their skills in the private sector, especially in the areas of international business, trade, and labor.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics 3 credit hours (formerly PS 2010)
  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics 3 credit hours
  • PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Profession
  • PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science 3 credit hours (formerly PS 4000)
  • PS 3050 - The U.S. Presidency 3 credit hours
  • PS 3060 - The U.S. Congress 3 credit hours
  • PS 3250 - Public Administration 3 credit hours
  • PS 3330 - Political Parties 3 credit hours
  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law 3 credit hours
  • PS 3050 - The U.S. Presidency 3 credit hours
  • PS 3060 - The U.S. Congress 3 credit hours
  • PS 3250 - Public Administration 3 credit hours
  • PS 3330 - Political Parties 3 credit hours
  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law 3 credit hours

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.

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    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.

General Requirements

General requirements for international applicants
  • Application form for admission
  • $30 application fee
  • International Certificate of Immunization
  • Financial statement indicating sources of support
  • Certificate of Freedom from Tuberculosis
  • All foreign non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission (immediate withdrawal from classes) or continued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • Submit Varicella (chickenpox) form
For undergraduate admissions, submit the following to the International Admissions Office (Campus Box 120, Peck Hall 216, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA):
  • TOEFL - an official iBT score of 61 or above (173 or above cbt or 500 or above paper-based);
  • IELTS - an official score of 5.5 or above;
  • iTEP - an official score of 3.6 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, you may submit the following:
  • ELS passing of Level 110 in place of the above examinations - applicants may submit an official academic record demonstrating successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 110.
If residing in the US and applicable, please submit the following:
  • a copy of the I-94;
  • a copy of the I-20 ID;
  • copy of passport expiration page;
  • copy of visa page of passport.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1034 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1034 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
    Living Costs

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