Political Science, MS (American Government)
Master of Science Degree in Political Science with a Concentration in American Government
Why Pursue This Program
The online MS in Political Science with a concentration in American Government offers students a broad foundation in the discipline. While some students continue on to a Ph.D., many enter the program to pursue or enhance their careers in education, government, intelligence, law, journalism, non-profit or lobbying.
Depending on the courses students complete, the online Political Science, MS (American Government) students gain a deeper understanding of:
- The institutions, politics and power structure throughout the local, state and federal governments.
- US foreign policy and its relationships with other countries.
- Political issues within the US including those of gender, ethnicity/race, interest groups and political parties.
- The Constitution and legal aspects of US policy and governance structure.
- Political thought that has influence the US government.
With politics consistently growing and changing at rapid rates, the area for potential careers in political sciences is expansive. Having an advanced degree can give candidates an edge in careers. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of political scientists is projected to grow at a rate of 5%, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Political scientists will continue to be needed in government to assess the impact of government policies, such as the efficiencies of public services, effects of budget changes and advantages of proposed improvements.
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.
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.
Service you expect from a leading University
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.