Political Science class at Methodist University

Pollitical Science

Degree Type:
Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Do you want to make a concrete difference in the world? While others complain or debate, Methodist University’s Political Science majors are affecting real change in their communities. While most graduates simply plug into a job, Methodist University’s political science graduates are working to shape the forces of our world. Each year, we launch new public servants, diplomats, non-profit entrepreneurs, and empowered citizens and now you can become a part of it!

Common Career Paths

A Political Science degree qualifies you for a variety of professional opportunities. Here are some of the places our majors go on to work:

  • Policy Analysts with intelligence agencies (CIA, DIA, National Counter Terrorism, and others)
  • Project Managers with non-profit organizations
  • Administrators in municipal, county, state, and federal government
  • Liaison Officers and Research Associates
  • Campaign Staffers
  • Political Party Organizers and Think Tank operatives
  • Reporters and writers for news outlets
  • Program Staff with an International Organization

Many of our majors go onto graduate level work:

  • Law School
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration
  • Ph.D. in Political Science or International Diplomacy

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

Not only are Political Science careers personally rewarding, they also offer competitive salaries. For example, here are some median salaries for various positions:

  • City Manager – $106,408
  • Foreign Service Officer – $92,670
  • Assistant City Manager – $88,973
  • Human Resources Director – $80,336
  • Intelligence Analyst – $75,080
  • Director, Non-profit Organization – $69,518
  • Program Analyst – $65,078

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of graduate program in which a student is enrolled. On average, MU students receive more than $31,000 in aid to pay for tuition.

Scholarship & Financial Aid 

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships. Ninety-seven percent of students receive some form of financial aid. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s Political Science program?

If you have questions, see the FAQ below or reach out to Dr. Andrew Ziegler using the contact info at the bottom of the page. If you’re ready to apply today, click the button below!

Frequently Asked Questions

A Political Science degree qualifies you for a variety of professional opportunities. Here are some of the places our majors go on to work:

  • Policy Analysts with intelligence agencies (CIA, DIA, National Counter Terrorism, and others)
  • Project Managers with non-profit organizations
  • Administrators in municipal, county, state, and federal government
  • Liaison Officers and Research Associates
  • Campaign Staffers
  • Political Party Organizers and Think Tank operatives
  • Reporters and writers for news outlets
  • Program Staff with an International Organization

Many of our majors go onto graduate level work:

  • Law School
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration
  • Ph.D. in Political Science or International Diplomacy

Yes, we believe Methodist University is one of the best places to obtain a Political Science degree. From our amazing faculty to our top notch curriculum, we believe you will be in a position to succeed if you purse a Political Science degree at Methodist University.

Political Science Student Handbook

Meet Kayla McLoughlin, Recent Graduate

Graduate School in Political Science

While some students will seek employment upon graduation, other students will apply to a graduate program related to the study of International Relations or Public Administration. Graduate study at the Master and Doctorate level further enhances the career opportunities associated with a degree in Political Science. To ensure Political Science majors are prepared for graduate studies, majors complete a rigorous course of study focusing on the fields of American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Administration. Additionally, Political Science faculty mentor students planning to attend graduate school by offering guidance on preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and application to graduate school. Application information is available on the American Political Science Association website.

Meet Scott Khimani, Recent Graduate

Contact

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
Andrew Ziegler