Political Science Master's Degree: Online
The online Master of Science in Political Science is a program that offers a broad foundation in Political Science with a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration, if desired.
Meet Your Needs with a Fast and Flexible Program
We offer a thesis and non-thesis track. The vast majority of our students choose the non-thesis track, finding its greater flexibility encourages completion of the degree.
Students will take a methodology seminar in addition to 3 to 4 content seminars including American Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Law, US Foreign Policy and National Security, Leadership, and Political Theory.
Generally the program takes two years to complete, but could be completed faster if the student is full-time and takes courses year-round.
With up to 12 hours of approved credit outside the field of political science, students have flexibility to tailor an area of specialization by incorporating their interests in other disciplines, such as: communications, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, psychology, public administration, social work, sociology, and urban studies.
Up to 10 hours of credit can be transferred in from another institution.
Our courses prepare graduates for a wide variety of occupations, not solely in the realm of politics.
Listen to our Political Science graduate students' experiences.
Rigorous Curriculum Offered by a Distinguished University
UNO is one of 88 institutions of higher education nationally classified as a doctoral/research university, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching out of the 4,000 academic institutions it categorizes.
UNO received a first-tier regional best ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges. UNO ranked18th among public master’s institutions in the Midwest region.
Competitively Priced Accessibility
Competitively priced tuition from a convenient, accessible location – your computer.
Courses are taught entirely online. It is very rare for our courses to have specific times you are required to be online. In other words, you pick the times and locations that are most convenient for you.
Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to theinternett at the same time. Approved internships can be completed in your local area.
All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. All online students will need to have basic recommended technology requirements. High-speed Internet is required.
Interaction with professors and other students may include:
- Online discussion boards
- Phone or video conferencing
- Other forms of electronic and print communication
Supplemental materials for some courses may include:
- Printed material and scanned documents
- Digital resources accessed through university libraries
- Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
- Other media
To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.
- This is a 30 credit hour degree program that offers education in the classics of the discipline and individualized attention to each student's particular area of interest.
- All students will be exposed to a broad foundation of Political Science, taking seminars in Research Methods, American Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Law, Foreign and Security Policy, Leadership Theory and Application, and Political Theory.
- Students will begin in the non-thesis option, but may apply for the thesis option after 15 credits.
- The elective courses are chosen by the student in consultation with the graduate advisor to create a program of study in which students may pursue approved courses in other disciplines.
Our faculty have received some of the highest honors for teaching excellence. We are also among the nation’s leaders in our research specializations; our work is published by the best academic presses or top-tier journals in the field.
Dr. Randall Adkins – College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Research Award, Chancellor's in Excellence Teaching Award, RalphWardlee Diamond Professor of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award
Dr. Jonathan Benjamin Alvarado – College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Service Award
Dr. Carson Holloway – College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr.Ramazan Kilinc - American Political Science Association's Sage Award for Best Paper in Qualitative and Multi-methods Research, American Political Science Association's Weber Award for best paper in Religion and Politics
Dr. Paul Landow - College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award
Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro - College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Omicron Delta Kappa member, UNO Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty in Service Learning Award
Tenured/Tenured Track Graduate Faculty
Unlike many other online programs, our graduate faculty are tenured/tenured-track,physciallyy located on the UNO Campus, and are published in their respective areas of expertise. Sample of recent faculty publications:
Dr. Carson Holloway
Holloway, C. (2015). Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration: Completing the Founding or Betraying the Founding? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.doii:10.1017/CBO9781316266250
Dr. Ramazan Kilinc
Kılınç, R. (2019). Alien Citizens: The State and Religious Minorities in Turkey and France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Paul Landow
(2012) Public-Private Partnerships, Public Authorities, and Democratic Governance, Public Performance & Management Review, 35:4, 727-752,
Dr. Michelle Black
(2019) Explaining insurgency progression in Iraq, 2003–2011, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict,
Guidelines for Admittance
- Application and fee (http://apply.unomaha.edu)
- Two Letters of recommendation
- Bachelor's degree (15 hours ofPSCII preferred) and official copy of all transcripts
- Letter of Intent
- An academic writing sample (at least five pages in length). For alternative writing assignments, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Two professional and/or academic references that can vouch for your capability in pursuing graduate work.
- International students:TOFELLinternett-based score of 80 with no sub-score under 15 (or equivalent scores from other approved English language tests)
*Promising students lacking a political science background may be admitted provisionally.
Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Political Science Department has had the privilege of educating James Madison Fellows from Nebraska, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Illinois, South Carolina, and Massachusetts over the past several years.
Several of our Madison Fellow students also completed an 18-credit hour Certificate in Government as part of their 30-credit hour master’s in Political Science program. Our program also allows students to complete approved history courses as part of their elective requirements.
Our program allows James Madison Fellows to create a program to meet the needs of their teaching position. Meaning that in addition to taking the required American Government and Constitutional Law courses; Fellows who also teach Comparative Politics as Dual Enrollment/Concurrent Enrollment teachers may incorporate such courses into their program of study.
A typical Madison Fellow may take the following classes in addition to their 6 credit hours transferred in from Georgetown University.
PSCII 8000: Seminar in Research Methods
PSCII 8040: Seminar in American Government
PSCII 8150: Seminar in Constitutional Law
PSCII 8500: Seminar in Comparative Politics
PSCII 8265: US Foreign Policy
PSCII 8046: Congress
PSCII 8645: Government and Politics of China and East Asia
PSCII 8980: Capstone
Most of our Fellows complete their program within 3 years as a part-time student.
Please contact the Academic Program Coordinator (email@example.com) for more information about applying to the program.