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Political Science


Completing a Master of Arts degree in Political Science allows students to deepen their knowledge of American and international politics, improve their analytical writing skills, and expand their familiarity with advanced quantitative methods. Accelerated and Traditional Degree options are available. Degree earners will advance in their careers, either matriculating into Ph.D. programs or be candidates for promotion in the public and private sectors.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Political Science, M.A.

Contact Information

Dr. Michael Allen
Director of Graduate Studies
Office: 5125 Environmental Research Building
Mailing address: 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1935

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. Rising senior undergraduate status at an accredited institution of higher learning (Accelerated Degree Path)–A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning (Traditional Degree Path).
  3. A formal statement of 500 words explaining how the M.A. degree will help you achieve your educational and degree objectives.
  4. A current resume of curriculum vitae.
  5. A writing sample of at least 10 pages.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references evaluating your academic potential.


Consult the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Michael Allen, regarding funding opportunities: or 208-426-2518.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Accelerated Degree Path: November 15th
Traditional Degree Path: Applications Due February 1st for Fall Admission