2020 Most Affordable Master's in Political Science Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
2020 Most Affordable Political Science Masters Degrees Badge
By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These schools represent the least expensive options for obtaining an online master's degree in political science. At #1, Northeastern State University offers an online M.A. in American Studies - American Politics for only $4,518 per year. Ranked #2, the Fort Hays State University offers a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) - Political Science at a tuition rate of $4,604 annually. Classes for this program include American Civil Liberties, American Foreign Policy, Political Behavior, and Public Personnel Management.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $4,518
# 2 #2 $4,604
# 3 #3 $6,300
# 4 #4 $7,769
# 5 #5 $8,145
# 6 #6 $9,000
# 7 #7 $10,334
# 8 #8 $10,530
# 9 #9 $11,216
# 10 #10 $11,643
# 11 #11 $11,700
# 12 #12 $13,560
# 13 #13 $15,030
# 14 #14 $15,700
# 15 #15 $16,000
# 16 #16 $29,232
# 17 #17 $29,559
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 918 -1123
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,182
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 351
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (918) 456-5511

Example Classes: American Diplomatic History, Media and Politics, Seminar in American Philosophy and the Law, Seminar in American Studies

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in American Studies - American Politics
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: American Civil Liberties, American Foreign Policy, Political Behavior, Public Personnel Management, Seminar on Budgeting

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Liberal Studies - Political Leadership and Public Service
  • Master of Liberal Studies - Political Science
  • Master of Liberal Studies - Public Administration
  • Master of Professional Studies - Political Management
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 10
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Government and Security in Korea, Latin American Security Issues, Program Appraisal, Regional Security Cooperation, Society, Class and Wealth, The Presidency: Institution and Performance

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Comparative and Security Issues
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Conflict Resolution
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - International and Transnational Security Issues
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Peacekeeping
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $7,769
Annual Tuition: $7,769
Annual Tuition: $7,769
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,910
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,579
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 294-1111

Example Classes: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,145
Annual Tuition: $8,145
Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1218
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 942
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 206-6600

Example Classes: Constitution and National Security Issues, Effective Public Affairs Writing, Queer Theory, Russian Politics, Social Capital and Values, Urban Politics in the Industrial Heartland

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 857
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 457
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 554-2800

Example Classes: Global Environmental Politics, Global Security Issues, International Conflict Resolution, International Development & Sustainability, International Relations of Latin America, United States Foreign Policy

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Political Science
  • Master of Science in Political Science - American Government
  • Master of Science in Political Science - International Affairs
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 535
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 686
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 538-6336

Example Classes: American Constitutional Development, Latin America and the Cold War, Modern Revolutions, Politics of Post-Communism, The Drug Wars, Water Rights

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Specialization (Political Science)
#8
#8

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,638
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: Analyzing Anti-Americanism, Comparative Foreign Policy, Comparative Intelligence Cultures, Cyberwar and Cyberdeterrence, Political Islam and Terrorism: Understanding Martyrs and Messiahs, Transnational Crime and Corruption: The Dark Side of Globalization

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies - Comparative Politics
  • Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies - International Relations
#9
#9

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $11,216
Annual Tuition: $11,216
Annual Tuition: $11,216
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 533
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 452
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 581-5000

Example Classes: African American Political Thought, Civic and Nonprofit Leadership, Classic Political Theory, Environmental Politics and Policy, Ideologies of the Developing World, The Supreme Court

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Public Administration & Public Policy
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $11,643
Annual Tuition: $11,643
Annual Tuition: $11,643
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 541
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 379
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (432) 837-8011

Example Classes: Agency Politics, Intergovernmental Relations, Local Government Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Management, Public Policy Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#11
#11

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 958 -1113
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

Example Classes: Christian Ethics, Constitutional Law & Policy II, International Relations Theory, Islamic Political Thought, Religion and Politics, Sharia Law

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Communication - Political Communication
  • M.A. in Government
  • M.A. in Government - American Government
  • M.A. in Government - Political Campaign Strategies & Management
  • M.A. in Government - Political Communication
  • M.A. in Government - Religion and Politics
#12
#12

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $13,560
Annual Tuition: $13,560
Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Campaign Tactics, Strategies, and Management, Message, Media and Political Communications, Speech Writing for Candidates and Officeholders

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS: International Relations
  • MS: Political Science
  • MPA: Business & Government
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $15,030
Annual Tuition: $15,030
Annual Tuition: $15,030
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,434
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,314
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (202) 994-1000

Example Classes: Campaigns Around the World, Grassroots Engagement, International Lobbying, Principled Political Leadership, State and Intergovernmental Politics, Targeting and Voter Contact

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies in Political Management
  • MPS in Political Communications and Governance
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $15,700
Annual Tuition: $15,700
Annual Tuition: $15,700
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,928
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,504
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000

Example Classes: American Political Thought, Democracies, Political Science Research Methods, Seminar in American Politics, Seminar in Comparative Politics, Seminar in International Relations, Seminar in Political Theory, The Study of Politics

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Political Science
  • MA in Political Science - General
  • MA in Political Science - Non-thesis
  • MA in Political Science - Security and Diplomacy
  • MA in Political Science - Thesis
#15
#15

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville (AL)
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 910 -930
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 950
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 782-5781

Example Classes: Inter-governmental Relations, Introduction to American Government, Introduction to Public Policy, Political Parties, Political Science Methods, Politics and Film, The Legislative Process

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration - Political Science
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $29,232
Annual Tuition: $29,232
Annual Tuition: $29,232
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 498
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (856) 225-1766

Example Classes: Democracy: Ancient and Modern, History, Politics, and Culture of the Sixties, Revolutions that Changed the World, World Politics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies - World History and Politics
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $29,559
Annual Tuition: $29,559
Annual Tuition: $29,559
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1180 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 52
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 967
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (540) 231-6000

Example Classes: Collaborative Governance and Civil Society, Contemporary Political Theory, Electronic Governance, Public Policy Analysis, The Executive Branch, US Foreign Policy after 9/11

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science