2019 Accredited Online Political Science Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $24,051
Avg Salary: $87,870

Students of an online political science degree program will study the history, development, and operation of policies and systems. The 218 degrees on this page offer a wide variety of degree focuses, including international relations, military studies, and public affairs. Online political science degrees are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. Aspiring political scientists will find 10 strong choices on our list of the best online master's degrees in political science. Schools are ranked based on tuition and alumni salaries provided by PayScale.

There is no specific programmatic accreditation agency focused on political science degrees. However, as with all subjects, it is important for prospective students to verify the institutional accreditation status of any school they are considering attending in order to ensure their degree meets national standards.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Political Science Degrees ( 78)

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Albany State University SACS COC $16,136 Add Review
46 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Political Science
American Public University System HLC $6,880 71% (142 reviews)
417 Programs, 23 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in International Relations
  • BA in International Relations - African Studies
  • BA in International Relations - Asian Studies
  • BA in International Relations - Comparative Politics
American University MSCHE $46,615 100% (2 reviews)
61 Programs, 8 in Political Science (view all)
  • MIS (Executive)
  • MIS - Advanced Standing (Executive)
  • MIS - Global Security - Advanced Standing (Executive)
  • MIS - International Development - Advanced Standing (Executive)
Arizona State University HLC $15,691 - $27,372 68% (81 reviews)
208 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Philosophy (Morality, Politics and Law)
  • BA in Political Science
  • BS in Political Science
Arkansas State University HLC $14,778 33% (3 reviews)
61 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Political Science
  • Bachelor of General Studies - Political Science
Ashford University WASC WSCUC $10,632 - $13,400 67% (639 reviews)
146 Programs, 4 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA/Liberal Arts
  • BA/Library Science and Media
  • BA/Military Studies
  • BA/Political Science and Government
Austin Peay State University SACS COC $23,153 50% (2 reviews)
54 Programs, 4 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - Legal Studies
Bellevue University HLC $7,752 67% (54 reviews)
165 Programs, 5 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies - Comparative Politics
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies - International Relations
  • Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies
  • Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies - Comparative Politics
Calvary University HLC $11,152 Add Review
103 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Professional Directed Studies: Political Science (Bachelor's)
Central Methodist University HLC $5,760 - $23,770 100% (1 review)
35 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Accounting
Central Michigan University HLC $23,670 67% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Chaminade University of Honolulu WASC WSCUC $24,514 100% (1 review)
36 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Historical and Political Studies
Eastern Illinois University HLC $13,868 Add Review
28 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Public Administration & Public Policy
Eastern Kentucky University SACS COC $18,250 33% (3 reviews)
88 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Eastern Oregon University NWCCU $19,682 80% (5 reviews)
46 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Politics and Economics
  • BS in Politics and Economics
Florida International University SACS COC $18,954 88% (8 reviews)
117 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Fort Valley State University SACS COC $19,738 Add Review
10 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
The George Washington University MSCHE $53,518 75% (4 reviews)
151 Programs, 4 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Governance and Political Management
  • MPS in Political Communications and Governance
  • MPS in Political Management
  • MS in Government Contracts
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
33 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Associate of Arts in Political Science
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 53% (411 reviews)
220 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Government - Legal Studies
  • BA in Government - State and Local Public Policy
Indiana University - Bloomington HLC $34,845 100% (1 review)
108 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies
Indiana University - East HLC $19,038 Add Review
25 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - Degree Completion
Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education HLC $25,980 29% (7 reviews)
152 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • B.S. International Relations and Security
IUPUI HLC $29,806 100% (1 review)
73 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Jacksonville State University SACS COC $15,582 100% (1 review)
50 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Master of Public Administration - Political Science
Johns Hopkins University MSCHE $52,170 Add Review
370 Programs, 5 in Political Science (view all)
  • MA in Government
  • MA in Government - Political Communication
  • MA in Government - Security Studies
  • MS in Government Analytics
Johns Hopkins University - Advanced Academics Programs MSCHE $52,170 Add Review
36 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • MA in Government
  • MS in Government Analytics
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Government Analytics
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $8,066 - $17,329 75% (4 reviews)
96 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 60% (242 reviews)
543 Programs, 8 in Political Science (view all)
  • BS: Government: National Security
  • BS: Government: Politics & Policy
  • BS: Government: Pre-Law
  • BS: Government: Public Administration
Middle Georgia State University SACS COC $11,092 100% (2 reviews)
24 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • AS in Political Science
New England College NECHE $36,954 38% (8 reviews)
85 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • AA in Sociology
Northeastern State University HLC $14,022 100% (1 review)
23 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • M.A. in American Studies - American Politics
Northeastern University NECHE $49,497 100% (10 reviews)
244 Programs, 11 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - American Politics
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - International Relations & Comparative Politics
  • Graduate Certificate in Global Studies and International Relations
Northern Illinois University HLC $23,816 Add Review
39 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Politics
Norwich University NECHE $38,662 79% (19 reviews)
92 Programs, 14 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in International Development and Influence
  • MA in Diplomacy - Cyber Diplomacy – Policy Track
  • MA in Diplomacy - Cyber Diplomacy – Technical Track
  • MA in Diplomacy - International Commerce
Ohio Christian University HLC $20,240 50% (18 reviews)
73 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Oregon State University NWCCU $29,457 43% (7 reviews)
119 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus MSCHE $13,988 67% (3 reviews)
210 Programs, 6 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Politics
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Politics - International Political Economy
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Politics - International Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Politics - National Security Studies
Portland State University NWCCU $26,130 83% (6 reviews)
44 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Science in Urban and Public Affairs
  • Certificate in Collaborative Governance
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 54% (13 reviews)
519 Programs, 23 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government - American Government and Politics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government - International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government - Pre-Law
Saint Leo University Online SACS COC $22,220 68% (83 reviews)
136 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • B.A. in Global Studies
  • B.A. in Political Science
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
67 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • M.A. in Political Science
Southeast Missouri State University HLC $12,720 100% (1 review)
58 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Social Science - Political Science
Southern New Hampshire University Online NECHE $11,520 61% (303 reviews)
286 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA Political Science
  • BA Political Science - Campaign Leadership
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
129 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs
Texas Tech University SACS COC $18,652 0% (2 reviews)
144 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Troy University SACS COC $13,520 55% (11 reviews)
101 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • AS in General Education - Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - American Politics and Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science - International Politics
University College WASC WSCUC $10,200 Add Review
83 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Liberal Studies (B.A.)
University of Bridgeport NECHE $32,250 0% (1 review)
21 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • MA in Global Development and Peace - International Political Economy and Development
University of Central Florida SACS COC $22,467 83% (6 reviews)
108 Programs, 4 in Political Science (view all)
  • B.A. in Political Science - American Politics and Policy
  • B.A. in Political Science - International Relations: Comparative Politics
  • B.A. in Political Science - Prelaw
  • Political Science, BA
University of Colorado Colorado Springs HLC $19,498 100% (1 review)
56 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management
University of Denver HLC $48,669 Add Review
128 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Global Issues
University of Illinois at Springfield HLC $20,938 100% (4 reviews)
58 Programs, 6 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - American National and State Politics
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Comparative Politics/International Relations
University of Iowa HLC $30,609 Add Review
66 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Maine NECHE $30,282 Add Review
40 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies
University of Maryland University College MSCHE $12,336 59% (184 reviews)
96 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
University of Massachusetts-Boston NECHE $32,985 100% (1 review)
41 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Global Affairs
  • MA in Science in a Changing World
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth NECHE $28,285 100% (1 review)
28 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Political Science
University of Massachusetts-Lowell NECHE $31,865 83% (6 reviews)
87 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts - Political Science
University of Memphis SACS COC $21,029 50% (2 reviews)
89 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Michigan-Flint HLC $21,165 Add Review
47 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Political Science
University of Missouri at Saint Louis HLC $25,505 Add Review
18 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Nebraska at Omaha HLC $20,320 Add Review
58 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies - Political Science
  • Graduate Certificates in Political Science & Government
  • Master of Science in Political Science
University of North Alabama SACS COC $15,128 Add Review
47 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in History
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SACS COC $34,588 100% (4 reviews)
29 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Master of Public Administration - International Relations
University of North Dakota HLC $20,047 67% (3 reviews)
75 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis
University of North Georgia SACS COC $12,834 Add Review
24 Programs, 3 in Political Science (view all)
  • Associate of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs - International Security
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin SACS COC $6,622 0% (1 review)
26 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Political Science
University of Toledo HLC $18,885 Add Review
61 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Peace Education
The University of West Florida SACS COC $19,241 100% (4 reviews)
95 Programs, 4 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Civics Educator
  • MA in Political Science
  • MA in Political Science - Political Science
  • MA in Political Science - Security and Diplomacy
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee HLC $20,844 0% (1 review)
88 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • BA in Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater HLC $16,235 Add Review
30 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Upper Iowa University HLC $29,600 52% (25 reviews)
83 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - Policy/Politics
Utah State University NWCCU $21,520 100% (12 reviews)
31 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Women and Gender Studies Area Studies Certificate
  • Women and Gender Studies Certificate
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University SACS COC $31,014 Add Review
47 Programs, 2 in Political Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Political Analysis
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
Washington State University NWCCU $25,817 78% (9 reviews)
94 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences - Political Science
Wichita State University HLC $17,390 100% (1 review)
30 Programs, 1 in Political Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science

Online Political Science Degree Overview & Career Information

Online degrees in political science are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. A bachelor's in political science is generally an entry-level requirement for many positions in this field. Graduates may pursue employment as policy analysts, research assistants, or administrators in public, private, and non-profit organizations. During the degree program, students spend four years studying general education requirements, as well as major classes like macroeconomics, microeconomics, American history, American government, comparative politics, foreign policy, and legal writing.

There are several online master's programs that can benefit someone aspiring to a career in political science. Both the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Public Policy degree programs typically focus on the professional skills needed to analyze and create policy, such as research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. The Master of Arts in political science provides training in political science research methods. These programs allow students to specialize in a particular area, such as international relations, public law, and comparative democracy.

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Online Associate Degrees in Political Science

If you have a keen interest in learning about the behavior and impact of political systems and governmental affairs, an associate degree in political science could help you access tools and knowledge in the industry. Students explore the history of political systems, as well as current trends and concepts. Additionally, they develop skills in critical analysis, public speaking, and written communication.

Program Requirements

The program requires two years of full-time study and contains between 60 and 64 credit hours. Qualified candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Curriculum

Associate degree programs in political science give students a broad overview of the field. Common classes include international relations, comparative politics, principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, political philosophy, government and policy, statistics, writing, US government, and global conflicts. Students must take a number of courses in the social sciences as well.

Associate degree holders may go on to become legal assistants, political fundraisers, campaign workers, and fundraisers after graduation. They may work in numerous settings, including non-profit organizations, government facilities, law offices, and labor organizations. Many of them also join professional organizations that support their career development, such as the American Political Science Association. Professionals who want to advance into positions with more authority and responsibility should enroll in bachelor's degree programs in this field.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science

Program Requirements

Online bachelor's degrees in political science generally take four years to complete for full-time students. Prospective political science majors will need to have a high school diploma or GED in order to enroll in a bachelor's degree program. Most schools will require that applicants submit trancripts from high school, as well as standardized test scores. Some schools may also require personal statements of some sort as part of the application process.

Curriculum

Students in an online bachelor's degree program can expect to take a variety of general education requirements in addition to more specific political science classes. Depending on the school, general education requirements might include math, science, English, history, and psychology, and electives in the humanities and arts. Once students begin their political science curriculum, they will likely take courses in mass communications, statistical analysis, government structure, political theories and methods, economics, and business.

Many political science undergraduate students complete internships in addition to or as part of their degree program. They can volunteer for lobbyist organizations or work at non-profit agencies. Some students travel abroad or to Washington, DC, to complete their internships, and many schools offer school credit to those who do. However, many political science graduates go on to law school or to earn a master's degree in the field, where there are opportunities for all kinds of careers. Those who have bachelor's degrees typically work for polling companies, news organizations, non-profits, or lobbyist organizations.

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Online Master's in Political Science

Individuals hoping to have careers in political analysis, working for government agencies, individual politicians, or private companies, may want to consider pursuing a master's degree in political science. A master's degree can be a helpful step in the process of becoming a politician or a political scientist. To learn more about online master's programs in political science, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Certificates in Political Science

A certificate in political science is offered by some universities and community colleges as a chance for people who are interested in learning more about political science to do so without committing to a full degree program. A certificate in political science can take anywhere from a couple of months to an entire year to earn, depending on the program. Many certificate programs are not accredited, so students will not be able to transfer any credits earned through these programs to full-fledged degrees. Students who are interested in transferring should choose to complete a two-year associate degree at a community college instead.

A political science certificate is a short-term experience, and course offerings will be limited. Most programs will expect that applicants already have a base of knowledge to build on, so instructors do not have to repeatedly go over the basics. Most programs have a highly structured curriculum with classes that explore current issues and topics in domestic and world affairs, as well as law and business.

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The Importance of an Accredited Online Political Science Degree

Accreditation is a designation awarded to a school on the condition that the school meets certain academic and proprietary standards. This process holds schools accountable and many students are comforted by the fact that accredited schools undergo regular auditing processes that are designed to protect them from fraud or substandard education. Also, only accredited schools may offer federal financial aid, which helps many students with educational costs. Students can check the accreditation status of the schools they are considering through the database maintained by the US Department of Education.

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Career Specializations for Political Science Graduates

Students in online political science degree programs study history, communication, administration, policy, and a number of other subjects that are applicable to jobs in both public and private organizations. These liberal arts programs discuss the function of government and how public policy is created. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree helps to prepare graduates for a variety of careers. Here are just some of the careers that political science graduates can work toward:

  • Administrator: Graduates are well equipped to enter administrator or assistant administrator positions in local, state, and federal government agencies. Others can become managers in healthcare settings, community service organizations, non-profits, or the private sector.
  • Campaign Organizer: People running for political office hire teams to help them organize their campaigns and get elected. This staff gathers useful information about voter issues, responds to media, schedules events, and makes sure that the people running for office get their message out.
  • Journalist: An understanding of geopolitical issues can be very useful for becoming a politics or news reporter. The political science background also focuses on reading and writing skills, which are vital for newspaper and news magazine journalists.
  • Lawyer: Practitioners of the law benefit from a foundation in political science in order to provide history, context, and expertise in the nature of legal ideas.
  • Policy Analyst: Policy analysts work in government agencies, non-profits, and private organizations to keep track of legislative and judicial action and to analyze the effects of particular policies. Analysts also investigate new policy proposals to predict the effects of new legislation.
  • Political Organizer: Political organizers spread the word about a particular political movement or issue. They canvas communities to rally support, organize volunteers, and monitor news breaks to stay on top of developments related to their cause.
  • Political Scientist: These academic experts work in policy analysis, and the majority of them are enlisted for work by the federal government.
  • Public Official: Many senators, congressmen, and other governmental executives and legislators have studied political science academically to prepare for their careers.

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