2020 Most Affordable Master's in Political Science Online

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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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 Northeastern State University $4,518
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 3 #3 American Public University System $6,300
# 4 #4 Sam Houston State University $7,769
# 5 #5 University of Illinois at Springfield $8,145
# 6 #6 University of Nebraska at Omaha $9,000
# 7 #7 Western New Mexico University $10,334
# 8 #8 Bellevue University $10,530
# 9 #9 Eastern Illinois University $11,216
# 10 #10 Sul Ross State University $11,643
# 11 #11 Liberty University $13,560
# 12 #12 The George Washington University $15,030
# 13 #13 The University of West Florida $15,700
# 14 #14 Jacksonville State University $16,000
# 15 #15 Rutgers University-Camden $29,232
# 16 #16 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $29,559
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
Annual Tuition: $4,518
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average SATs: 896 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,241
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 412
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in Comparative and Security Issues
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in Conflict Resolution
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in International and Transnational Security Issues
  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security - Concentration in Peacekeeping
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $7,769
Annual Tuition: $7,769
Annual Tuition: $7,769
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,120
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,562
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,145
Annual Tuition: $8,145
Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 889
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 859
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in American National and State Politics
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in Comparative Politics
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in International Relations
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in Political Theory
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Emphasis in Public Law
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 923
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Political Science
  • Master of Science in Political Science - Concentration in American Government and Politics
  • Master of Science in Political Science - Concentration in International Affairs
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
Annual Tuition: $10,334
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 487
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 625
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

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

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,151
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

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

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston (IL)
Annual Tuition: $11,216
Annual Tuition: $11,216
Annual Tuition: $11,216
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 562
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 524
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 191
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 292
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science
#11
#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $13,560
Annual Tuition: $13,560
Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS: International Relations
  • MS: Political Science
  • MPA: Business & Government
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $15,030
Annual Tuition: $15,030
Annual Tuition: $15,030
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,442
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,536
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Professional Studies in Political Communications and Governance (Spanish)
  • Master of Professional Studies in Political Management
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $15,700
Annual Tuition: $15,700
Annual Tuition: $15,700
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,893
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,452
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Political Science
#14
#14

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville (AL)
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 979
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 935
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration - Political Science
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $29,232
Annual Tuition: $29,232
Annual Tuition: $29,232
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 582
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 367
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies - World History and Politics
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $29,559
Annual Tuition: $29,559
Annual Tuition: $29,559
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1180 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 50
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,026
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Political Science

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