• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Political Science programme from Marist College allows students to chart their own path and to take courses and specialize in one or more of the following subfields: American politics, political theory, or global politics. For example, after completing basic foundational courses, students can choose to take predominantly international relations classes or courses in political theory.
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The Political Science programme from Marist College enables students to study systematically the events, people, and issues that shape political decision-making. Besides focusing on the institutions, processes, and outcomes of politics, the curriculum also surveys the great thinkers who have speculated about the nature of a just and effective political system. 

At Marist, the Department of Political Science encourages students to become familiar with a variety of political cultures and to appreciate the unique perspectives brought by each to the world community. As a result, Political Science graduates are able to integrate empirical investigation, theory, values, and practice in understanding the world.

Key facts:

Political Science at Marist also strongly encourages student learning beyond the classroom through internships and field experiences. The curriculum prepares students for career options ranging from graduate or law school to careers in government, the media or the corporate world. Consistent with the College's Mission Statement, this major challenges students to confront the changing issues of the 21st century. 

Distinctive opportunities for our majors include participation in The Marist Poll, the Albany Internship Experience (AIE), the Washington Semester, Marist Abroad, and the Pre-Law Program, plus concentrations in Paralegal Studies, Public Administration, and Public Opinion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Early Decision: November 15th
      • Early Action: November 15th
      • Early Decision 2: February 1st
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Political Science Student Clubs & Leadership Opportunities
  • Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. Its mission is to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • The SPIE (Students Promoting International Engagement) Club at Marist is a student club that organizes events and activities focusing on global politics and economics all year round. The club is open to students of all majors.
  • The Center for Civic Engagement was launched to foster service learning at the College and to support productive partnerships with community organizations throughout the Hudson River Valley region.

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.

General Requirements

  • Application: You can choose between the Marist Application (online or print), Common Application, or Coalition Application. 

  • Secondary school transcript(s)

  • SAT/ACT scores:  Marist is a test-optional school, but you can still submit your scores for consideration

  • Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a counselor and the other from a teacher

  • Personal essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42430 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Health Insurance: $3,275

Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 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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