2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Political Science Degrees

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This list of the 24 most affordable online schools offering political science degrees includes options at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. All schools on the list offer degrees with annual tuitions under $14,000. For only $5,670, Fort Valley State University offers a bachelor's degree in political science, making it the most affordable option on our list. American Public University System offers one of the widest varieties of political science degrees, including specializations in international relations and political theory. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online political science degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Political Science Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Fort Valley State University Annual Tuition $5,670 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#2 #2 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $5,706 Political Science Degrees: Associate and Master's
#3 #3 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,424 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#4 #4 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $7,926 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $7,950 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#6 #6 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#7 #7 Sul Ross State University Annual Tuition $8,244 Political Science Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,700 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Indiana University-East Annual Tuition $9,284 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $9,540 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#12 #12 Eastern Oregon University Annual Tuition $9,810 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Oral Roberts University Annual Tuition $11,168 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 University of Maine Annual Tuition $11,220 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $11,310 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $11,325 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#17 #17 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#19 #19 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 #20 Central Michigan University Annual Tuition $12,555 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Ohio Christian University Annual Tuition $12,600 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Oregon State University Annual Tuition $12,600 Political Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#23 #23 Norwich University Annual Tuition $12,960 Political Science Degrees: Master's
#24 #24 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $13,740 Political Science Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    African Politics; Constitutional Development; Government and Developing Nations; International Political Economics; Legislative Process; Minority Politics

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,706
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    European Security Issues; Foreign Policy Process; Global Governance; Grand Strategy and Strategic Thought; International Political Violence; International Security Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $6,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    American Political Parties; Comparative Governments of Industrialized Societies; Interest Groups and Lobbying; Policy Analysis; Political Behavior; Political Campaign Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,926
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    Ancient and Medieval Political Thought; British Politics; Computers in Politics, Planning, and Management; Environmental Policy; EU Science & Technology Policy; European Economic and Monetary Union
  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Early American Political Thought; Government & Politics in American States; Government & Politics of East Asia; Government & Politics West Europe; Less Developed Nations; Middle East Politics
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Politics - Communism; Comparative Politics - Parliamentary Democracy; International Civil Order; National and Transnational Justice; Political Sociology; U.S. Intelligence Community

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Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,244
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Agency Politics; Intergovernmental Relations; Local Government Administration; Public Budgeting and Finance; Public Management; Public Policy Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Asian Politics; International Law and Organizations; Media and Politics; Politics of Developing Nations; Politics of Russia and Eurasia; The American Presidency

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,284
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    African Politics; African-American Politics; American Politics; Analyzing Politics; Comparative Politics/International Relations; Comparative Revolutions

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional Law; American National Government; International Environment Law; International Law; Judicial Process and Politics; Latino Politics

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    American State and Local Government; Campaign Finance and Fundraising; Campaign Organizing and Mobilization; Globalization and World Politics; International Relations; Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Annual Tuition: $9,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law & Process; American National Government; Globalization and Beer; International Relations; Politics and Media; Politics and Music

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,168
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Example Classes:
    American Foreign Policy; American Political Leadership; Christian Faith and Government; International Political Economy; Legislative Process; Political Parties and Elections

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    African Politics; Canadian Foreign Policy; Canadian Government and Politics; Film and Politics; Government and Politics in Eurasia; Government and Politics in Russia

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,310
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Political Systems; International Relations; Political Theory; United States Government
  • Annual Tuition: $11,325
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Political Cultures; Empirical Political Analysis; Global Women; Introduction to Comparative Politics; Introduction to International Relations; Sexual Orientation and Public Policy

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    American Exceptionalism; American Executive Processes & Institutions; American Foreign Policy; American Legislative System; American Political Processes; Government Regulation of Business
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Law and Politics of Civil Liberties; Minority Group Politics; Politics and Religion in the U.S.; Politics of Development in Appalachia; Politics of Sex; Public Human Resources

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,555
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    African-American Politics; American Radical Thought; East Asian Political Systems and Processes; Law and Policy in Michigan State Government; Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior; Slavery, Tyranny, Democracy: Classical Origins of Modern Ideas
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics; International Relations; Political theory; U.S. Politics / Law

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Gender and Race in American Political Thought; Global Food Politics and Policy; Interest Groups; International Environmental Policy; Politics and the Media; Politics of Climate Change

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    American Foreign Policy; Intelligence and National Security Policy; International Development & Influence I; International Security; Law and the International System; World Politics – International Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    African American Political Thought; Civic and Nonprofit Leadership; Classic Political Theory; Contemporary Constitutional Development; Federal Indian Law and Policy; Ideologies of the Developing World
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