Political Science, MS (American Government)

Master of Science Degree in Political Science with a Concentration in American Government

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 30
    Credits
  • $375.00
    In-State
  • $617.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

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.

Career Outlook: 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.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    15 undergraduate hours in political science (preferred)

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    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. 2 letters of recommendation

    At least one letter must be from someone who can comment on your academic capabilities, such as a professor or a supervisor for individuals who have been out of college for several years.

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8200Seminar in Foreign Policy and National Security3
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 8500Seminar in Comparative Politics3
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 8300Seminar in Political Theory3
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 8040Seminar in American Government and Politics3
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 8910Political Internship3
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
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 8900Readings in Political Science6
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 8150Seminar in Constitutional Law3
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 8000Seminar in Research Methods3
A critical investigation of the methods of data collection and analysis for political science research. Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.
PSCI 8120Seminar in Leadership (PSCI 8120)3
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.
PSCI 8990Thesis (PSCI 8990)3 - 6
A research project, written under the supervision of a graduate adviser in the Department of Political Science, in which the students establish their capacity to design, conduct and complete an original, independent, scholarly investigation of a high order. The research topic and the completed project must be approved by the student's departmental committee.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8005Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (PSCI 8005)3
This course introduces students to the techniques that political scientists use to answer research questions with quantitative data, as well as issues of research design, hypothesis formation, and causation. The course emphasizes the methods used to collect, analyze, and extract information from data using statistical computer software.
PSCI 8046Congress and the Legislative Process (PSCI 8046)3
This course introduces students to the development of the Congress and modern application of the legislative process through examination of congressional elections, congressional leadership, congressional decision-making, legislative rules and procedures, the relationship of the Congress with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the Congress in making public policy.
PSCI 8146Constitutional Law: Civil Rights (PSCI 8146)3
This course introduces students to the history, principles, and judicial interpretation of key constitutional provisions and federal statutes regarding civil rights in the United States.
PSCI 8015Urban Politics (PSCI 8015)3
This course introduces students to the development, powers, forms of government, and functions of cities and their suburbs as well as the problems faced by elected officials, business and community leaders, and citizens in the urban setting.
PSCI 8036The Presidency (PSCI 8036)3
This course introduces students to the development and modern application of presidential leadership through examination of presidential selection, presidential decision-making, the relationship of the presidency with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the presidency in making public policy.
PSCI 8055State Government and Politics3
This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of states.
PSCI 8056The Judicial Process (PSCI 8056)3
This course introduces students to the administration of law in federal and state courts with respect to the organization of the courts, judicial selection, judicial powers, judicial decision-making, judicial policy-making, the bar, and reform movements in the pursuit of justice.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$375.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$427.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1125.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1281.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$617.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$669.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1851.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2007.75
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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 15
  • Spring SemesterOct 15
  • Summer SemesterMar 15