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Political Science, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $583.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Master of Science in Political Science is a program that offers a broad foundation in Political Science with a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. Up to 12 credits hours outside of political science may be counted toward the degree in related fields such as: communications, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, psychology, public administration, social work, sociology and urban studies. 

The program consists of 30 credit hours and includes a methodology seminar in addition to 3 to 4 content seminars, 4 electives in political science and/or a related field, and thesis or capstone project (for non-thesis students). The content seminars include: American Government, Leadership, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Law, US Foreign Policy and Political Theory. Up to 10 hours of credit can be transferred in from another institution. 

Students also have the option to incorporate a concentration in International Affairs, a certificate in Intelligence and National Security, or certificate in Global Information Operations into their program.

Our degree prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers including politics, academia, non-profit organizations, law, journalism, intelligence, government, international organizations, and education. Depending on your educational and career goals, we offer both a thesis and non-thesis track; either generally takes two years to complete. The vast majority of our students choose the non-thesis track, finding its greater flexibility encourages completion of the degree.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Students must have completed at least 15 undergraduate hours in political science or political science-related courses with a grade of B or higher; including a political science research methods or statistical analysis course. Students may be admitted on a provisional basis if they do not meet this requirement.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. 2 letters of recommendation

    At least one letter must be from someone who can comment on your academic capabilities, such as a professor.

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. An academic writing sample - The writing sample must be academic in nature, but does not have to be in the field of political science. The sample must be at least 5 pages in length. If one does not exist, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator for an alternative assignment.

  6. International students from a a non-exempt country must earn an 80, with no sub-score under 15, on the Internet-based TOEFL or equivalent score on a UNO-recognized language test.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 15
Spring Semester
November 15
Summer Semester
April 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8000Seminar in Research Methods3

Course Number: PSCI 8000

A critical investigation of the methods of data collection and analysis for political science research. Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8040Seminar in American Government and Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8040

A thorough analysis of selected aspects of the structure and function of the American political system with emphasis on individual research by the student. Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8120Seminar in Leadership3

Course Number: PSCI 8120

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary scholarship on leadership theory, research, and application. Students gain a foundation in models of leadership, assess their own leadership styles, and learn to integrate what they learn in corporate, governmental, non-profit, or community organizations. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser

PSCI 8150Seminar in Constitutional Law3

Course Number: PSCI 8150

This course introduces students to the Constitution and the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review in relation to governmental powers, civil rights, and civil liberties.

PSCI 8200Seminar in Foreign Policy and National Security3

Course Number: PSCI 8200

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser

PSCI 8250Seminar in International Relations3

Course Number: PSCI 8250

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the issues, theories, and methodological approaches associated with the study of the nation-state system, international law, international organizations, international security, and globalization.

PSCI 8300Seminar in Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 8300

Analysis of selected topics in normative, empirical and ideological political theory and their impact upon practitioners of politics. Prereq: Six hours of political theory or permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8500Seminar in Comparative Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8500

This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the issues, theories, and methodological approaches associated with the systematic and comparative study of nation-states and their political systems with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser

PSCI 8900Readings in Political Science6

Course Number: PSCI 8900

Specially planned readings in political science for the graduate student who encounters scheduling problems in the completion of his/her degree program, or who has special preparatory needs and who is adjudged by the political science department to be capable of pursuing a highly independent course of study. Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.

PSCI 8910Political Internship3

Course Number: PSCI 8910

Internship in governmental and related agencies, augmented by seminars, individual instruction, and assigned readings, to directly learn the politics of policy advocacy, development and implementation at the local, state and national levels of government. Prereq: Graduate, permission of the department.

PSCI 8980Research Tutorial3

Course Number: PSCI 8980

Directed research on a subject to be determined in consultation with the graduate advisor and tutorial director. Prereq: Permission of graduate advisor. Not open to nondegree students.

PSCI 8990Thesis6

Course Number: PSCI 8990

A research project, written under the supervision of a graduate adviser in the Department of Political Science, in which the student establishes his/her capacity to design, conduct and complete an independent, scholarly investigation of a high order of originality. The research topic and the completed project must be approved by the student's departmental committee. Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser. Not open to nondegree students.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $583.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $635.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1749.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1905.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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