Graduate Outcomes

Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services surveys alumni six months after graduation to track trends in placement. This table shows career outcomes at that point among Master’s degree recipients for the five most recent years of available data (from 2014–2015 to 2018–2019), for both Political Science majors and, for comparison, all Liberal Arts and Sciences majors:

Total Occupied Employed Further Education Other
Political Science 91% 58% 26% 7%
Liberal Arts and Sciences 95% 62% 32% 1%

As the table shows, a very high proportion of Political Science Master’s-degree recipients are “occupied,” which encompasses being employed or continuing with further, typically doctoral, studies (or, for a small number, not seeking employment). The Department is very proud of our students’ success, which attests to the quality of the education they receive and of the skills they acquire.

More detailed information is available for the last three academic years of the above table (from 2016–2017 to 2018–2019). This includes information on whether graduates’ positions were “professional,” requiring a relevant college degree. This data, along with the comparable data to the above table’s, is shown below.

Total Occupied Professionally Occupied Employed Further Education Other
Political Science 90% 83% 62% 24% 3%
Liberal Arts and Sciences 95% 91% 60% 33% 1%

Recent employers of Political Science Master’s-degree graduates include:

  • City of Coon Rapids
  • City of Elkhart
  • Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Iowa State University
  • Kaplan Higher Education Corporation
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • MWR InfoSecurity
  • Nack, Richardson, and Nack
  • Prishtina Institute for Political Studies
  • State of Iowa
  • United States Census Bureau
  • United States Drug Enforcement Administration
  • University of Arizona