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Political Science, MAT

Master Of Arts For Teachers

What you study

The IU Online Master of Arts for Teachers in Political Science combines coursework in education and political science to prepare you to be a dual-credit instructor at the high school and community college levels.

The political science component of the program covers major political figures, philosophies, and movements throughout history and how they relate to the political events of today.

The educational component of the program covers instruction and curriculum, assessment, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research. Learn how to apply the science and art of teaching to college-level instruction. 

How you benefit

Gain advanced knowledge of the subfields of political science (and the central questions they address) so that you can teach students to critically evaluate political institutions, analysis, and schools of thought. Gain a crucial understanding of American political institutions and behaviors in comparison to political climates around the world.

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

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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  

The stackable structure of the MAT in Political Science is ideal for high school and community college educators wanting to teach dual-credit courses, or for high school educators wanting to teach at the community college level. This program is designed to help you meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in political science to hold either a master's degree in political science or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.   

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the MAT in Political Science meets HLC standards. 
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than political science, you can meet HLC standards by completing the Graduate Certificate in Political Science.

To earn the MAT 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)

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the program. 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

You must have completed two courses from the Graduate Certificate in Political Science with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. 

Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer 1 semester: May 1

Summer 2 semester: Jun 15


Sample courses for the MAT in Political Science include the following:

EDUC-H 520Social Issues in Education3 Credits
EDUC-J 500Instruction in the Context of Curriculum3 Credits
EDUC-Y 520Strategies for Educational Inquiry3 Credits
POLS-P 570Introduction to the Study of Politics I3 Credits
POLS-Y 567Public Opinion: Approaches and Issues3 Credits
POLS-Y 580Research Methods in Political Science3 Credits
POLS-Y 657Comparative Politics3 Credits
POLS-Y 661American Politics3 Credits
POLS-Y 675Political Philosophy3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $320.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $960.00

-Additional fees will apply. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1350.00
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