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Political Science, M.A.T.

Teach dual-credit courses to high school students or serve as a community college instructor with the IU Online Master of Arts for Teachers in Political Science. This flexible online degree program combines political science content and educational theory to empower you to succeed as a political science teacher.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 30

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the M.A.T. in Political Science, you’ll study political movements, major political philosophies, and key political figures. The program also includes educational components related to instruction and curriculum, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research skills. You’ll be able to enter the classroom with enhanced teaching skills and specialized knowledge in political science. 

You’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report  and graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide. And you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have: 
  • Bachelor's degree
Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer 1 semester: May 1

Summer 2 semester: Jun 15

Specific areas of focus include:

  • Empirical theory and the scope of political science 
  • Political science research methods 
  • Political theory and political thought 
  • Political behavior, opinion, and identities 
  • Government and political institutions 
  • American politics in a comparative perspective  

 To earn the M.A.T. in Political Science, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core course (18 credit hours) 
  • Education component (12 credit hours)

Core Classes for the MAT in Political Science
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC-H 520 Social Issues in Education 3 Credits
EDUC-J 500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum 3 Credits
EDUC-7 520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry 3 Credits
POSL-P 570 Introduction to the Study of Politics I 3 Credits
POLS-Y 567 Public Opinion: Approaches and Issues 3 Credits
POLS-Y 580 Research Methods in POlitical Science 3 Credits
POLS-Y 657 Comparative Politics 3 Credits
POLS-Y 661 American Politics 3 Credits
POLS-Y 675 Political Philosophy 3 Credits

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