Graduate Study

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Is there a better place to study political science than in Iowa and at Iowa State University? We don’t think so. Every four years the state, the community and our campus are overrun with opportunities for politically minded students to get involved with the campaign of your choice.

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Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Arts/Juris Doctorate Program (M.A./J.D.)
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance (MS IA)
  • Graduate Certificate of Public Management and Policy
  • Graduate Minor

Master of Arts (MA)

This is a 30 credit masters degree program where students can explore the field of political science in order to pursue a Ph.D., go to law school, improve research skills, or understand politics better. We offer concentrations in American Politics, Global Politics, and Public Policy. Some students have also focused on political theory. It is possible to compete the public policy concentration using on-line rather than in-person courses. Contact the Graduate Director,, for more information. Top students are eligible for graduate assistantships that make graduate study much more affordable and also give opportunities for assisting faculty with teaching and research. These are awarded on a merit basis. MA Program Handbook

Master of Arts/Juris Doctorate Program (M.A./J.D.)

The Drake Law School and the Department of Political Science, Iowa State University are co-sponsors of the Master of Arts/Juris Doctorate degree. This degree combines courses at both Iowa State University and the Drake Law School and follows much the same requirements as a double degree. However, the student must have full admission to both schools.

MA/JD Program Details

Master of Science in Information Assurance (MS IA)

The Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) is a multi-disciplinary degree designed to provide students with diverse backgrounds and interests the opportunity to obtain professional training in the emerging field of information assurance. It is offered through the Information Assurance program (INFAS). The core of the program is built around a series of courses taught in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science that introduce students to software and hardware aspects of cryptography and computer security. The program also recognizes, however, that information assurance—defined in terms of security, privacy, access, and reliability—is not simply a technical problem but also involves important societal dimensions, including policy, education, ethics, and management. Recognizing that political science offers many potential intersections with information assurance (e.g., public sector management of information technology, forensics and computer crime, information technology policy and law, information technology and international relations, information warfare, etc.), students with interests in these areas are encouraged to select the Department of Political Science as their home department.

MS IA Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Public Management and Policy

The Political Science Department offers a Grduate Certificate of Public Management and Policy(GCPMP). The GCPMP is a 15-credit program that requires completion of at least 9 credits from a set of core courses. An additional 6 credits may be earned in other approved courses. GCPMP students are not required to designate a major professor and a POS committee, because the Director of Graduate Education will approve course selection for each student.

GCPMP Program Details

Graduate Minor

Students in other graduate programs may obtain a minor in political science by completing at least 9 credits of political science courses, including one of the proseminars. Interested students should consult the Graduate College Handbook for additional information on graduate minors.

Trivia Nights

Pictured here are:
(left side, from front to back) Andrew Lipp, Nathan Hoffman, Jacob Martin
(right side, from front to back) Abdullah Muhammad, Olivia Horvath, Jacob Wilson
Graduate Students at Trivia Night
Political Science graduate students are victorious again!

Political Science graduate students have won and have vigorously defended their championship in a trivia contest at West Towne Pub. We wish them all the best in future efforts to vanquish opposing teams.