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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #191 (WUR) New York City, NY, United States| Online
As a major in the Political Science program of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, you'll develop an understanding of political institutions and processes in the local, state, national, and global community. You'll be prepared to think critically and act effectively as an engaged citizen.
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Overview

UMass Dartmouth's political science program examines the impact of government upon the life of the individual—and of individual citizens upon government. We use scientific, philosophical, and applied perspectives to examine politics in the U.S. and around the world.

We also give you the opportunity to concentrate in one of three particular areas of political science:

  • International Politics
  • International Security Studies
  • Pre-Law

We want to ensure that you acquire proficiency in writing, communication, advocacy, and comparative analysis: all vital skills in today's workplace, which is why we require students to complete an internship. In the Political Science program of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth you'll be prepared for a career in local, state, and federal government—as well as in administration, business, corporate management, diplomatic service, public law, social work, urban planning, and many other fields. A major in political science can also be the stepping-stone to law school and graduate study in diverse academic and professional disciplines.

Political Science Major

UMass Dartmouth's curriculum centers around four subfields of political science: American politics/policy, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Our professors are accomplished scholars in their fields, committed to teaching and research. You'll work with them to:

  • Understand of the concepts, theories, and empirical findings in politics, government, and administration
  • Discover the impact of factors such as employment, environment, and gender on politics
  • Consider the theories and practices of governments on both the domestic and international levels

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • American Politics in Film

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    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:

    6.5

    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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General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your application
  • Submit secondary and/or post-secondary sealed official transcripts translated into English
  • Submit an official SAT or ACT score report
  • All non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Send us an essay or personal statement of up to 500 words on a topic of your choice; you can complete this as part of the Common Application
  • Accepted international students need an I-20 document in order to enter the United States

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30623 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30623 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30103 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30103 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    14358 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14358 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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