2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's Degree in Political Science

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Students looking for an online political science master's degree will find affordable options at all 15 schools on this list. There are a wide variety of concentrations and specializations available at these schools within the field of political science, including international relations, comparative government and development, American national and state politics, and campaigns and elections. Eastern Illinois University comes in first, with an annual tuition of $4,380 for its Master of Arts in Political Science - Public Administration & Public Policy.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Eastern Illinois University Annual Tuition $4,380
#2 #2 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#3 #3 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $7,401
#4 #4 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $8,145
#5 #5 Northeastern State University Annual Tuition $9,031
#6 #6 Sul Ross State University Annual Tuition $9,360
#7 #7 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $9,750
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) Bellevue University Annual Tuition $10,170
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) Liberty University Annual Tuition $10,170
#10 #10 Western New Mexico University Annual Tuition $11,054
#11 #11 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $15,664
#12 #12 Norwich University Annual Tuition $16,522
#13 #13 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $18,183
#14 #14 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Annual Tuition $21,723
#15 #15 Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $23,382
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,318
  • Example Classes:
    African American Political Thought; Civic and Nonprofit Leadership; Classic Political Theory; Contemporary Constitutional Development; Environmental Politics and Policy; Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,473
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Politics - Communism; Comparative Politics - Parliamentary Democracy; Government and Security in Korea; International Civil Order; Latin American Security Issues; National and Transnational Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,630
  • Example Classes:
    American Politics; Comparative Politics; International Relations

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,465
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Political Cultures; Constitution and National Security Issues; Effective Public Affairs Writing; Empirical Political Analysis; Global Women; Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Annual Tuition: $9,031
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,231
  • Example Classes:
    American Diplomatic History; Media and Politics; Seminar in American Philosophy and the Law; Seminar in American Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $9,360
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 820
  • Example Classes:
    Agency Politics; Intergovernmental Relations; Local Government Administration; Public Budgeting and Finance; Public Management; Public Policy Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,587
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 30,631
  • Example Classes:
    American Exceptionalism; American Executive Processes & Institutions; American Foreign Policy; American Legislative System; American Political Processes; Campaign Tactics, Strategies, and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $11,054
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 886
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional Development; Latin America and the Cold War; Modern Revolutions; Politics of Post-Communism; The Drug Wars; Water Rights
  • Annual Tuition: $15,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,038
  • Example Classes:
    Global Environmental Politics; Global Security Issues; International Conflict Resolution; International Development & Sustainability; International Relations of Latin America; United States Foreign Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $16,522
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,014
  • Example Classes:
    American Foreign Policy; Intelligence and National Security Policy; International Security; Law and the International System; The Political Economy of International Development; World Politics – International Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $18,183
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17,454
  • Example Classes:
    American Governmental Institutions; American State and Local Government; Campaign Finance and Fundraising; Campaign Organizing and Mobilization; Contemporary Political Thought; Global Political Systems

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,723
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,279
  • Example Classes:
    Collaborative Governance and Civil Society; Contemporary Political Theory; Electronic Governance; Public Policy Analysis; The Executive Branch; US Foreign Policy after 9/11
  • Annual Tuition: $23,382
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 32,518
  • Example Classes:
    Changing News Cycles; Lobbying and Influence; Money and Politics; Negotiating as a Leadership Skill; Nonfiction Writing and Politics; Politics and the New Journalism
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