Online Political Science, MS | University of Nebraska at Omaha

Political Science, MS (American Government)

Master of Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $365.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $600.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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) 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 influenced 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.

This program prepares graduates for careers in a wide variety of areas including: 

  • Politics
  • Policy
  • Academia
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government/Military
  • International organizations


Carson Holloway, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Carson Holloway’s research has been published in Interpretations: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and The Review of Politics. He is the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity published by Baylor University Press, The Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion and the Future of Democracy and All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics both published by Spence.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 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

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
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Semester
March 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PSCI 8980Research Tutorial3

Course Number: PSCI 8980

Directed research on a subject to be determined in consultation with the graduate advisor and tutorial director.

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8005Quantitative Analysis in Political Science3

Course Number: PSCI 8005

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 8015Urban Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8015

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 Presidency3

Course Number: PSCI 8036

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 8046Congress and the Legislative Process3

Course Number: PSCI 8046

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 8055State Government and Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8055

This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of states.

PSCI 8056The Judicial Process3

Course Number: PSCI 8056

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.

PSCI 8146Constitutional Law: Civil Rights3

Course Number: PSCI 8146

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

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $365.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $417.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1095.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1251.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $600.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $652.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1800.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1956.75

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