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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Political Science program of Loyola Marymount University provides academic challenge, real world knowledge, and a host of exciting opportunities. Our courses enable students to understand how decisions are made, how they can influence those decisions, and how values and beliefs affect the choices we make.
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What is Political Science?

The Political Science program of Loyola Marymount University challenges students to think in new ways about a variety of issues, and provides students the chance to learn with professors who are committed to providing dynamic and passionate learning environments. Students discuss the headlines of the day with peers and professors, learn through simulation what it is like to perform the jobs of the president or a member of Congress, study and work in London and Washington, D.C., learn how to craft policy, and write a proposal to develop a nonprofit organization. Students also work to understand international governments and the effect government and non-government organizations have on the world stage.

What do Political Science majors do?

Political Science majors wrestle with the crucial questions of the times, such as: Are YouTube, Facebook and Twitter the political communication tools of the future? Is the United States in decline? Why are women underrepresented in U.S. and global politics?

Majors also consider how ethics and morals affect political decisions, why the United States government is gridlocked by partisan fighting, whether the world is moving toward a standard of universal human rights, and whether terrorism can be controlled. 

Is this major right for you?

You might be a Political Science major if you:

  • Enjoy examining political debates
  • Can find innovative solutions and think "out of the box"
  • Like American history and learning about the legal system
  • Want to know more about other countries and international relations
  • Are interested in examining moral and ethical issues
  • Enjoy conducting research and would like to hone your analytical and writing skills 

About our faculty

Our faculty members teach according to each student's needs and educational and professional goals. In addition, faculty members are committed to advising, encouraging and supporting students every step of the way. Two of our professors have won LMU's highest teaching honor and all of our professors have had their research published.

Our professors are active researchers and often are called upon by the news media to give expert opinions on local, national, and world events. 

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:

  • U.S. Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Politics in the Middle East
  • Ethics of War
  • The Law and Presidential Power

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.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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