Political Science, MS (International Affairs)

Master of Science Degree in Political Science with a Concentration in International Affairs

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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

Program Overview

The online Political Science, MS with a concentration in International Affairs program prepares students with a broad foundation in Political Science with a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Students of the online Political Science, MS (International Affairs) program will receive:

  • High-quality curriculum from a distinguished university.
  • Specialized instruction in the area of international affairs through seminars and electives.
  • The ability to learn from award-winning faculty.
  • Access to flexible coursework and the ability to tailor to a specific area.

Career Outlook: The Political Science, MS (International Affairs) degree program prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers, not solely in the field of politics.

Additional career fields may include:

  • Academia/Education
  • Government/Military
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • International Business
  • International Organizations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Policy Analyst
  • Politics

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Baccalaureate degree or previous Master's degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

  2. Completed coursework

    15 credit hours in political science-related courses is preferred. The selection committee looks for previous coursework in American government, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and social science (quantitative) methodology. Students without the above undergraduate background in political science may be admitted on a provisional basis and be required to take prerequisite courses before starting graduate work. Students must earn a grade of B or above in each of these courses.

  3. A written personal statement

    Personal statement (1-2 pages) explaining why the applicant is seeking admission into this program, how his/her academic/professional experiences can contribute to his/her success in this program, and how this program will contribute to his/her future academic/professional ambitions.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation from a former professor (preferred), supervisor, or individual that can speak to one's academic potential in a graduate program. If students have recently graduated from UNO, it is expected that one of the letters will be from a UNO political science faculty member. It is preferred that students use their references' institutional (.edu) or professional email.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. Resume

  7. Submission of an academic, research-based writing sample. The sample must be written in English, include citations, and be a minimum of five pages in length. This writing sample can be a previous assignment. If no such paper exists, the applicant should contact the academic program coordinator for an alternative assignment.

  8. Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission. A minimum score of 80 on an internet-based TOEFL, with no sub-score under 15, or the IELTS and PTE English proficiency tests are also accepted. Those scores must translate to the minimum internet-based TOEFL equivalent to be considered for admission. Passing with a minimum score does not guarantee admission into the program.

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 $50 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

The international affairs concentration is a 15 credit hour/5 course subset of the MS in political science program. If students wish to add this concentration onto their program, they must do so within the first 15 credit hours of their MS-PSCI program following the proper change of program procedures.

Students choose three elective courses. 

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 8120Seminar in Leadership3
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 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 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 8220Seminar on International Leadership and Strategy3
This course introduces students to international leadership and strategy theory, research and application.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8556Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism3
Information to come at later date.
PSCI 8286International Relations of Latin America (PSCI 8286)3
Analysis of the role of Latin American states in the international political arena. Emphasis upon developing, applying and testing an explanatory theory of international politics through the study of the inter-American system: the regional, institutional and ideological environment, power relations, policies and contemporary problems.
PSCI 8196Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties3
This course introduces students to the philosophy, history, and development of the personal liberties guaranteed by the Constitution including freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition, and the right of privacy, primarily through examination of Supreme Court decisions.
PSCI 8216International Relations of the Middle East (PSCI 8216)3
This course focuses on the international politics of the Middle East region, specifically looking at conditions for peace and causes of war. It examines how the international system, domestic politics, ideologies, and leaders influence international politics in the Middle East.
PSCI 8206International Relations of East Asia (PSCI 8206)3
This course introduces students to the international politics of East Asia with an emphasis on the contemporary relations among major East Asian states (China, Japan, the Korean peninsula) and the United States.
PSCI 8585Government and Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet States (PSCI 8585)3
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, and public policies of Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.
PSCI 8255Global Security Issues3
This course introduces students to issues of national and international security that cross boundaries and threaten all countries including issues such as climate change, environmental deterioration, population and demographics, gender issues, disease and public health, the media, asymmetrical warfare, drugs/organized crime and cyberthreats.
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 8626Islam and Politics3
This course introduces students to the interaction between religion and politics in the Muslim world, covering various political ideologies in the Muslim world and different experiences of Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and Egypt. It will also analyze mainstream and radical transnational Islamic movements.
PSCI 8505European Politics (PSCI 8505)3
This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes and public policies of the states of Europe, including the European Union.
PSCI 8276Global Environment Politics (PSCI 8276)3
This course introduces students to issues of global environmental politics and policy, including the science behind issues such as climate change, how environmental policy is made at the national and international levels and what role politics plays in determining environmental resource use.
PSCI 8685Government and Politics of Latin America (PSCI 8685)3
This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes and public policies of the states of Latin America.
PSCI 8220Seminar on International Leadership and Strategy3
This course introduces students to international leadership and strategy theory, research and application.
PSCI 8526Politics of France3
This course introduces students to the political heritage of France, contemporary political institutions and problems and political and policy responses to these problems.
PSCI 8716Comparative International Development and Innovation3
Comparative International Development and Innovation will analyze the rise and fall of civilizations from a historical and theoretical perspective in a comparative manner. The course will address issues concerning political, social, economic, and environmental change in national and international contexts. Among its major emphases are state institutions, economic growth, entrepreneurship and the transformation of social structure and culture.
PSCI 8705Government and Politics of the Middle East (PSCI 8705)3
This course introduces students to government and politics in the contemporary Middle East, including considerations of state formation, authoritarianism and democratization, state-society relations, religion, culture, gender and economy.
PSCI 8245The Politics and Practice of Human Rights (PSCI 8245)3
This course introduces students to human rights issues across the globe and explores the theoretical foundations of human rights as well as human rights institutions and transitional justice.
PSCI 8246International Conflict Resolution (PSCI 8246)3
This course introduces students to different approaches to peace, their basic assumptions, and their application to current conflicts.
PSCI 8296International Development and Sustainability (PSCI 8296)3
This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice and the environment.
PSCI 8645Government and Politics of China and East Asia (PSCI 8645)3
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies, and other characteristics of China and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.
PSCI 8665Government and Politics of Japan and East Asia3
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies and other characteristics of Japan and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.
PSCI 8356Democracy (PSCI 8356)3
A basic study of theory, practice and practitioners of political democracy, its roots, development, present application and problems and future.
PSCI 8506Government and Politics of Great Britain (PSCI 8506)3
A comprehensive study of British politics and government. Emphasis will be focused on the formal institutions and informal customs and practices of the British political system.
PSCI 8265United States Foreign Policy (PSCI 8265)3
This course introduces students to the analysis of foreign and defense policy processes in the United States, including the role of the President, Congress, Departments of State and Defense, the intelligence community and other actors/factors affecting policy formulation and implementation.
PSCI 8175Interest Groups (PSCI 8175)3
This course introduces students to the theories, formation, organization and activities of interest groups and their impact on public policy, particularly through their role in campaigns and elections and lobbying.
PSCI 8225International Organizations (PSCI 8225)3
This course introduces students to the history, principles, structures and processes developed to organize and legitimize peaceful reconciliation of the differences of nation-states and to advance their mutual interests in the contemporary global political and economic system.
PSCI 8116Political Psychology (PSCI 8116)3
This course introduces students to the role of human thought, emotion and behavior in politics through examination of the psychological factors that motivate political elites and the mass public.
PSCI 8235Gender and Global Politics (PSCI 8235)3
This seminar introduces students to gender politics in comparative and international politics.

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 SessionMar 15