Online Political Science, MS | University of Nebraska at Omaha

Political Science, MS (International Affairs)

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 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.

This program prepares students to continue on with their Ph.D. as well as preparing them to be practitioners in the fields of education, government, intelligence, law, journalism, non-profit or lobbying. Thesis and non-thesis options are available depending on the student's educational goals.

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

Elizabeth Chalecki, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Chalecki researches trans-boundary environmental, security and foreign policy topics such as climate change and security, international environmental policy and the intersection of science and International Relations. She writes about climate change and Arctic security, environmental terrorism, climate change and international law, public perception of environmental issues and water in outer space.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A bachelor's degree from an accredited university.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. 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.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. 15 undergraduate hours in political science is preferred.

  7. Academic writing sample, minimum 5 pages in length. If one does not exist, please contact the academic program coordinator.

  8. Two letters of recommendation.

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.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Session
March 15

The International Affairs Concentration is a 15 credit hour/5 course subset of the Master of Science in Political Science program. If students wish to add this concentration onto their program, they must follow the proper change of program procedures.

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 8055Seminar in Comparative Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8055

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 8116Political Psychology3

Course Number: PSCI 8116

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 8175Interest Groups3

Course Number: PSCI 8175

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 8196Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties3

Course Number: PSCI 8196

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 8206International Relations of East Asia3

Course Number: PSCI 8206

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 8216International Relations of the Middle East3

Course Number: PSCI 8216

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 8220Seminar on International Leadership and Strategy3

Course Number: PSCI 8220

This course introduces students to international leadership and strategy theory, research and application.

PSCI 8225International Organizations3

Course Number: PSCI 8225

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 8235Gender and Global Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8235

This seminar introduces students to gender politics in comparative and international politics.

PSCI 8245The Politics and Practice of Human Rights3

Course Number: PSCI 8245

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 Resolution3

Course Number: PSCI 8246

This course introduces students to different approaches to peace, their basic assumptions, and their application to current conflicts.

PSCI 8265United States Foreign Policy3

Course Number: PSCI 8265

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 8266International Law3

Course Number: PSCI 8266

The course introduces students to the general principles of international law, including the key actors, the creation and sources of international law, the interpretation of international law by courts and tribunals and its enforcement.

PSCI 8276Global Environment Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8276

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 8286International Relations of Latin America3

Course Number: PSCI 8286

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 8296International Development and Sustainability3

Course Number: PSCI 8296

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 8356Democracy3

Course Number: PSCI 8356

A basic study of theory, practice and practitioners of political democracy, its roots, development, present application and problems and future.

PSCI 8505European Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8505

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes and public policies of the states of Europe, including the European Union.

PSCI 8506Government and Politics of Great Britian3

Course Number: PSCI 8506

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 8526Politics of France3

Course Number: PSCI 8526

This course introduces students to the political heritage of France, contemporary political institutions and problems and political and policy responses to these problems.

PSCI 8556Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism3

Course Number: PSCI 8556

This course is a survey on the types of violence used within a political context, focusing on its causes, forms and consequences. Specifically, this course details why and how violence occurs and its impact on institutions and the people operating within that system.

PSCI 8585Government and Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet States3

Course Number: PSCI 8585

This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, and public policies of Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

PSCI 8626Islam and Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 8626

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 8685Government and Politics of Latin America3

Course Number: PSCI 8685

This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes and public policies of the states of Latin America.

PSCI 8705Government and Politics of the Middle East3

Course Number: PSCI 8705

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 8716Comparative International Development and Innovation3

Course Number: PSCI 8716

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.

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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