2020 Most Affordable Master's in Political Science Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Political Science Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These schools represent the least expensive options for obtaining an online master's degree in political science. At #1, Northeastern State University offers an online M.A. in American Studies - American Politics for only here, and the cost per credit, which is $251.00, and found here">$4,518 per year. Ranked #2, the Fort Hays State University offers a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) - Political Science at a tuition rate of here, and the cost per credit, which is $287.75, and found here">$4,604 annually. Classes for this program include American Civil Liberties, American Foreign Policy, Political Behavior, and Public Personnel Management.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Northeastern State University $4,518
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 3 #3 American Public University System $6,300
# 4 #4 Sam Houston State University $7,769
# 5 #5 University of Illinois at Springfield $8,145
# 6 #6 University of Nebraska at Omaha $9,000
# 7 #7 Western New Mexico University $10,334
# 8 #8 Bellevue University $10,530
# 9 #9 Eastern Illinois University $11,216
# 10 #10 Sul Ross State University $11,643
# 11 #11 Liberty University $13,560
# 12 #12 The George Washington University $15,030
# 13 #13 The University of West Florida $15,700
# 14 #14 Jacksonville State University $16,000
# 15 #15 Rutgers University-Camden $29,232
# 16 #16 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $29,559
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 896 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 412
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

">HLC
  • Phone #: (918) 456-5511
  • Example Classes: American Diplomatic History, Media and Politics, Seminar in American Philosophy and the Law, Seminar in American Studies

    Online Master's Degrees

    • M.A. in American Studies - American Politics
    #2
    #2
    Annual Tuition: $4,604
    Annual Tuition: $4,604
    Annual Tuition: $4,604
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 43%
    • Acceptance Rate: 89%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000
  • Example Classes: American Civil Liberties, American Foreign Policy, Political Behavior, Public Personnel Management, Seminar on Budgeting

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Liberal Studies - Political Leadership and Public Service
    • Master of Liberal Studies - Political Science
    • Master of Liberal Studies - Public Administration
    • Master of Professional Studies - Political Management
    #3
    #3
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    • Online Degrees: 10
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 40%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
    • School Type: For-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268
  • Example Classes: Government and Security in Korea, Latin American Security Issues, Program Appraisal, Regional Security Cooperation, Society, Class and Wealth, The Presidency: Institution and Performance

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security
    • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in Comparative and Security Issues
    • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in Conflict Resolution
    • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in International and Transnational Security Issues
    • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in Peacekeeping
    • Master of Arts in Political Science
    #4
    #4
    Annual Tuition: $7,769
    Annual Tuition: $7,769
    Annual Tuition: $7,769
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Acceptance Rate: 74%
    • Average SATs: 990 -1140
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,120
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,562
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 294-1111
  • Example Classes: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Political Science
    #5
    #5
    Annual Tuition: $8,145
    Annual Tuition: $8,145
    Annual Tuition: $8,145
    • Online Degrees: 6
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Acceptance Rate: 52%
    • Average SATs: 995 -1220
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 889
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 859
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 206-6600
  • Example Classes: Constitution and National Security Issues, Effective Public Affairs Writing, Queer Theory, Russian Politics, Social Capital and Values, Urban Politics in the Industrial Heartland

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Political Science
    • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in American National and State Politics
    • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in Comparative Politics
    • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in International Relations
    • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in Political Theory
    • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in Public Law
    #6
    #6
    Annual Tuition: $9,000
    Annual Tuition: $9,000
    Annual Tuition: $9,000
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
    • Graduation Rate: 50%
    • Acceptance Rate: 87%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 923
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 554-2800
  • Example Classes: Global Environmental Politics, Global Security Issues, International Conflict Resolution, International Development & Sustainability, International Relations of Latin America, United States Foreign Policy

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Political Science
    • Master of Science in Political Science - American Government
    • Master of Science in Political Science - International Affairs
    #7
    #7
    Annual Tuition: $10,334
    Annual Tuition: $10,334
    Annual Tuition: $10,334
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 34%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 487
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 625
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 538-6336
  • Example Classes: American Constitutional Development, Latin America and the Cold War, Modern Revolutions, Politics of Post-Communism, The Drug Wars, Water Rights

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Political Science
    • Master of Arts in Teaching - Political Science
    #8
    #8

    Bellevue University

    Bellevue (NE)
    Annual Tuition: $10,530
    Annual Tuition: $10,530
    Annual Tuition: $10,530
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 24%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,352
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,151
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100
  • Example Classes: Analyzing Anti-Americanism, Comparative Foreign Policy, Comparative Intelligence Cultures, Cyberwar and Cyberdeterrence, Political Islam and Terrorism: Understanding Martyrs and Messiahs, Transnational Crime and Corruption: The Dark Side of Globalization

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies - Specialization in Comparative Politics
    • Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies - Specialization in International Relations
    #9
    #9

    Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston (IL)
    Annual Tuition: $11,216
    Annual Tuition: $11,216
    Annual Tuition: $11,216
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 53%
    • Acceptance Rate: 52%
    • Average SATs: 940 -1130
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 562
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 524
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000
  • Example Classes: African American Political Thought, Civic and Nonprofit Leadership, Classic Political Theory, Environmental Politics and Policy, Ideologies of the Developing World, The Supreme Court

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Political Science - Public Administration & Public Policy
    #10
    #10
    Annual Tuition: $11,643
    Annual Tuition: $11,643
    Annual Tuition: $11,643
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
    • Graduation Rate: 25%
    • Acceptance Rate: 100%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 191
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 292
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (432) 837-8011
  • Example Classes: Agency Politics, Intergovernmental Relations, Local Government Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Management, Public Policy Analysis

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Political Science
    #11
    #11

    Liberty University

    Lynchburg (VA)
    Annual Tuition: $13,560
    Annual Tuition: $13,560
    Annual Tuition: $13,560
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 47%
    • Acceptance Rate: 30%
    • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000
  • Example Classes: Campaign Tactics, Strategies, and Management, Message, Media and Political Communications, Speech Writing for Candidates and Officeholders

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MS: International Relations
    • MS: Political Science
    • MPA: Business & Government
    #12
    #12
    Annual Tuition: $15,030
    Annual Tuition: $15,030
    Annual Tuition: $15,030
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 82%
    • Acceptance Rate: 41%
    • Average SATs: 1280 -1470
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,442
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,536
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (202) 994-1000
  • Example Classes: Campaigns Around the World, Grassroots Engagement, International Lobbying, Principled Political Leadership, State and Intergovernmental Politics, Targeting and Voter Contact

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Professional Studies in Political Management
    • MPS in Political Communications and Governance (Spanish)
    #13
    #13
    Annual Tuition: $15,700
    Annual Tuition: $15,700
    Annual Tuition: $15,700
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 46%
    • Acceptance Rate: 50%
    • Average SATs: 1080 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,893
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,452
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000
  • Example Classes: American Political Thought, Democracies, Political Science Research Methods, Seminar in American Politics, Seminar in Comparative Politics, Seminar in International Relations, Seminar in Political Theory, The Study of Politics

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MA in Political Science
    • MA in Political Science - Non-thesis
    • MA in Political Science - Thesis
    #14
    #14

    Jacksonville State University

    Jacksonville (AL)
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 41%
    • Acceptance Rate: 54%
    • Average SATs: 930 -1160
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 979
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 935
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 782-5781
  • Example Classes: Inter-governmental Relations, Introduction to American Government, Introduction to Public Policy, Political Parties, Political Science Methods, Politics and Film, The Legislative Process

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Public Administration - Political Science
    #15
    #15
    Annual Tuition: $29,232
    Annual Tuition: $29,232
    Annual Tuition: $29,232
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%
    • Acceptance Rate: 69%
    • Average SATs: 980 -1170
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 582
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 367
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (856) 225-1766
  • Example Classes: Democracy: Ancient and Modern, History, Politics, and Culture of the Sixties, Revolutions that Changed the World, World Politics

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies - World History and Politics
    #16
    #16
    Annual Tuition: $29,559
    Annual Tuition: $29,559
    Annual Tuition: $29,559
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 65%
    • Graduation Rate: 86%
    • Acceptance Rate: 70%
    • Average SATs: 1180 -1390
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 50
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,026
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (540) 231-6994
  • Example Classes: Collaborative Governance and Civil Society, Contemporary Political Theory, Electronic Governance, Public Policy Analysis, The Executive Branch, US Foreign Policy after 9/11

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Arts in Political Science

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