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Political Science (Pre-Law Concentration), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
The Pre-law concentration is designed for the student who plans to attend law school. A combination of core political science courses and courses in related disciplines has been found to provide a sound background for law school. Some law schools will not accept any professional or technical courses as part of their minimum requirement. It is essential that the student consult with his or her advisor in instances where such courses will be taken.
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  • The Pre-Law concentration under the Political Science major is designed for students planning to attend law school or become a professional legal assistant. MTSU's Pre-Law program begins with a basic study of government and encompasses courses in speech, logic, economics, and legal research and writing. Law careers see continued growth due to the complexity of the legal system and people's tendency to seek legal remedies for problems.
  • MTSU students get experience in courtroom cases, appellate Supreme Court arguments, or mediation of disputes through national and regional competition with award-winning Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Mock Mediation teams. The Mock Trial team regularly places in the nation's top 10.
  • To gain a realistic idea of what lawyers do, Pre-Law majors work with individual law firms for a semester their senior year. Students get credit in the internship program run in cooperation with the Bar Association of Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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 1 credit hour credit hours
  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System 3 credit hours
  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law 3 credit hours
  • PHIL 2110 - Elementary Logic and Critical Thinking 3 credit hours
  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics 3 credit hours
  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication 3 credit hours OR
  • ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature 3 credit hours
  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics 3 credit hours OR
  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics 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

    27020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27020 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27020 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8776 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
    Living Costs

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