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Are you ready to be in the room where it happens — managing a campaign, studying pressing policy issues, leading a staff or running for elected office? If so, UWF's Master's in Political Science can start you on the path to making a difference in the world.

Why Study Political Science at UWF?

Our program will prepare you to be a skilled analyst of local, national and international issues. It is designed for students interested in the study of political behavior, government and institutions, security issues and public policy-making, both within the U.S. and globally.

Our focus is on training you for a career or career advancement, in addition to preparing students for doctoral programs or law school. 

Students can apply for a graduate assistantship to work with faculty on research, with a half tuition waiver and additional hourly pay. 

The degree is offered face-to-face and synchronously online.

What You Will Learn

Our two-year program covers American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory and research methods. You will build skills in critical thinking, communication, and analysis while examining key questions surrounding government and policy-making.

Our program will train you to articulate and compare theories of political power and institutions; synthesize theory, evidence and applications to produce a conclusion or solution; and present and defend your written work orally.

After a core of foundational political science courses, you will choose either the thesis or non-thesis option. In the thesis option, you will choose nine hours of department-approved electives before writing a thesis project with the guidance of your faculty advisor. In the non-thesis option, you will choose 15 credit hours of political science electives. The non-thesis option is capped with a Comprehensive Exam Standards, both written and oral.

In addition to the University's graduate admission requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Submission of a sample research paper
  • Completion of supplemental questions on Graduate Application
Interested in this program online?

You will attend live lectures, during the scheduled course time, and enjoy face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty in real time.

Visit online Political Science M.A.

Careers & Outcomes

A master's in political science is highly sought after by employers including market research and analytics firms, political campaigns, non-profit organizations, municipal offices, development agencies and think tanks. Below are common job titles for political science graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Congressional Researcher
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Legislator
  • Survey Researcher
  • Community Relations Director
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Journalist


  • Florida State Legislature
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • FBI
  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Escambia and Santa Rosa County School Districts

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Political Science program.

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