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How long will it take?

The M.A. in Political Sciences (Professional Politics concentration) requires 30 course hours and can generally be completed in 3 to 4 semesters.

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Rolling Admissions.
    Final Deadline is July 1.
  • Spring: Does Not Normally Admit.
    Contact Program Director to see if exceptions are available.
  • Summer: Does Not Normally Admit.
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College of Arts & Sciences

Political Science, M.A. - Concentration in Professional Politics

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LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches

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Dr. Charles Hankla
Associate Professor and M.A. Program Director

Your drive and ambition will mix with our expertise in political science and public service. Together, we’ll prepare you for a career in politics or the public sector with this unique online political science master’s degree in professional politics.

Learn with experts: Studying with the Georgia State University Political Science Department means you’ll learn alongside lobbyists, campaign managers, communication specialists, information technologists and elected representatives at various levels. Our students and faculty are active in the industry and you’ll often hear our faculty as expert sources on issues facing international, national, state and local governments.

Online classes with your schedule in mind: Our schedule, which offers most classes in a seven-week minimester format, typically allows you focus on just one or two topics at a time before moving on to the next class. Finish your online master of arts degree in political science in just 15 months while you work full time and put to use the concepts discussed each week in class.

All courses are taught by full-time faculty and emphasize interaction among students and professors.

This concentration is offered as a terminal degree with a non-thesis option. Many of our students have successful consulting projects with organizations that affiliate with the Georgia Municipal Association among other groups throughout the state.

Program Highlights

Why should you join us at Georgia State?

  • Mentorship and professional socialization. Our faculty members are active scholars and researchers who frequently coauthor with students on papers and participate in numerous events and colloquia.
  • Strong placement record. Our graduates go on to work at places like the Georgia Legislature and the Carter Center while our new Ph.D.s routinely secure tenure-track or high-level analyst positions.
  • Diversity. Our 29 full-time faculty members cover every region of the globe and every subfield in political science.
  • Methodological diversity. Students are trained in a broad mix of methods, from qualitative interviewing to experimental survey designs to hierarchical modeling.
  • Geographically diverse student population. Our students hail from across the U.S. and the globe.
  • Location in the heart of Atlanta. Numerous opportunities are available nearby to enrich your studies. Georgia State's downtown campus is within blocks of the Georgia Legislature, every level of state and federal courts in addition to the U.S. Supreme Court, numerous state and federal agencies, and the city is home to the headquarters of international organizations including CARE, Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center.

The Political Science Department In The News:

  • Dr. Chipo Dendere, a 2016 Political Science PhD graduate of GSU, has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at Wellesley College. Chipo was also elected… more »
  • Dr. Andrew Wedeman offered his testimony to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) on Xi Jinping’s battle with corruption… more »
  • GSU Political Science 4+1 alumna, Martha Revelo, was among the team that led to a presidential electoral victory ending almost three decades of two-party rule… more »
  • GSU PhD Candidate in Political Science, Claudio Sandoval, has been appointed as the Ambassador of the Venezuelan Government in exile to Honduras. The appointment was… more »
  • Dr. Jennifer McCoy has been making several recent media appearances on national and international media outlets to analyze the Venezuelan ongoing crisis.… more »
  • Dr. Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey finds a significant positive impact for the exposure to political rap on the agreement with Black feminist attitudes in a… more »
  • Amelia Hawkins, a former Political Science intern and ’16 alum at Georgia State University, has been named as Gov.-elect Brian Kemp’s Director of Executive Operations.… more »
Program Details

Applicants need to have received a B.A./B.S. degree. The Department of Political Science asks applicants to submit the following:

  • Complete Online Graduate Application
  • Acceptable GRE scores (students who have completed degrees in political science or a closely related field with a GPA of 3.5 or better can receive a waiver.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons who can authoritatively comment on your academic abilities
  • Transcripts from all graduate and/or undergraduate institutions attended
  • Statement of your research interests and how Georgia State University's Political Science Department will help you meet your career and educational goals
  • Writing sample

The department seeks applicants with a history of strong academic achievement, clear interests and potential for excellence at the graduate level.

The degree program requires 30 credit hours. To fulfill these, most students will take seven 3-credit-hour courses, 6-credit-hours of experiential learning (which can be an internship, a consulting project, a study abroad opportunity, or something else), and 3-hours of a capstone project.

For their coursework, students can choose to take between one and four methods courses, with the rest in substantive areas. Generally, the degree can be completed in 3 semesters, including summer, and it can be done either fully online or as a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person courses. View more details.

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

The goal of this program is to prepare students for careers in politics and government. To that end, the program provides advanced training in American, Comparative, and International Politics, as well as opportunities to build skills in cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

In addition, our extensive relationships across metro Atlanta, the United States, and the world provide students with meaningful experiential learning opportunities.  These can include consulting projects with local governments and NGOs, internships with law firms, the Georgia Legislature, and Carter Center and similar organizations, and study abroad opportunities.



The professional politics concentration can lead to a wide variety of careers in politics and government.  These include jobs in government relations and lobbying, local, state, and federal administration, journalism and non-governmental organizations.

View a list of some of our recent M.A. graduates.
View profiles of some of our B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. graduates. 


General Questions

LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches

Curriculum Inquiries

Dr. Charles Hankla
Associate Professor and M.A. Program Director

Dr. Ryan Carlin
Associate Professor and Graduate Director

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.