The MA in political science is designed to prepare students for careers in public
administration, law, policy analysis, business, education, lobbying, community engagement,
survey research, journalism and non-profit organizations as well for further academic
training (e.g., PhD programs, law school).
Our program provides opportunities to enroll in small classes, enhance your data analysis
and research skills, receive personalized mentoring, and gain independent teaching
experience. Students may also apply to earn a full-tuition waiver, stipend and health
insurance by working a graduate teaching assistant (GTA).
As a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), you will receive a monthly stipend, health
insurance and tuition waiver.
Research and Faculty
Our faculty are well recognized for their expertise and featured in high
visibility media outlets. OSU's Political Science program prides itself in the high
quality research produced by their faculty, including NSF-funded research, but we
are especially proud of mentoring the next generation of scholars and policy practitioners.
Official undergraduate transcripts
Personal statement outlining your interest in the program and what you hope to achieve
with help of an MA (1-2 pages)
Email addresses of three individuals willing to write a letter of recommendation,
academic references are preferred.
3.0 undergraduate GPA
*Note: Application fee waiver offered for current and former McNair Scholars
GRE required with no minimum score
TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers
March 1 (Fall admission with funding consideration)
November 1 (Spring admission with funding consideration)
Applications considered at any time, space permitting
Cost & Assistance
The size of our program allows us to offer graduate assistantships to qualified students. These assistantships provide students with a tuition waiver, health insurance and
a stipend during the academic year. Graduate teaching assistants (GTA) are typically
responsible for attending lectures, holding office hours, leading discussion sections
and assisting with the administration of assigned undergraduate course(s).
In addition, there are opportunities to obtain financial support to present your research