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This program prepares graduates for careers in government such as public management, administration of justice, military service and the gaining and holding of elected positions. Graduates from political science programs are found in many professions; particularly those involved in large organizations with extensive internal networks requiring skills in dealing with and managing other people.
In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the program also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of Political Science, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
Political Theory and Systems
- Analyze the fundamental theories and philosophies of government, governance, economy, and civil society.
- Compare and contrast the political elements of representative democracy and with other political systems.
The United States Political System
- Assess the three institutions of government that create and implement federal policy.
- Analyze the historical evolution and contemporary manifestations of the federal system.
Political Parties and Interest Groups
- Analyze the various roles of interest groups in the United States in both historical and modern democratic processes.
- Assess the impact of political parties on federal, state, and local government.
- Analyze the concept of diversity in American politics, to include gender, ethnicity, and age.
American Public University is part of American Public University System, an accredited university offering more than 180 degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. All courses are online, so students have the flexibility of taking classes any time or any place that fits their schedule. Our degree programs are designed to be challenging and relevant to working adults in both the public and private sectors and can help enhance their current career or prepare them for a career change.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline Rolling admissions Tuition fee
- USD 8038 Year (National)
- USD 8038 Year (International)
We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.Start date Any time 2015 First Monday of every month Credits 121 points
Languages Take an IELTS test
IRLS200 Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
IRLS300 Comparative Political Systems
POLS210 American Government I
POLS211 American Government II
POLS213 Political Theory
POLS311 Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS312 State, Local, and Community Politics
POLS314 Diversity Studies in Politics
POLS410 Public Policy
INTL301 U.S. Intelligence Community
INTL434 Threat Analysis
IRLS210 International Relations I
IRLS301 International Organizations
IRLS302 International Development
IRLS405 National and Transnational Justice
IRLS417 International Civil Order
LSTD301 Constitutional Law
PADM300 Public Management
PADM301 Public Economics
PHIL302 Ancient Western Philosophy
PHIL400 Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
PHIL415 Enlightenment Philosophy
PHIL416 Modern and Post-Modern Philosophy
POLS420 Comparative Politics Parliamentary Democracy
POLS430 Comparative Politics Communism
POLS440 Comparative Politics Theocracy
POLS491 Special Topics in Political Science
SOCI311 Political Sociology
COLL100 Foundations of Online Learning
English (Must take ENGL101-Proficiency in Writing)
Final Program Requirement
POLS497 Senior Seminar in Political Science
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 520
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
Our university welcomes international applicants from many countries around the world. We are an online university and students are not required to enter the U.S. Therefore, we do not issue I-20 or DS-2019 forms for the F-1 or J-1 student visas.
In addition to the admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate study, we may require additional documents related to residency, English proficiency, and educational background. Our institution maintains the right to require this documentation when needed.Undergraduate Students
This category includes associate, bachelor's, undergraduate courses for transfer, and undergraduate certificates. Note: Students wishing to take individual courses to transfer elsewhere must enroll as "undergraduate corses for transfer", which means you are not seeking a degree with us. All undergraduate-level applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
Students without college-level academic credits OR non-degree-seeking:
- Depending on the country of citizenship applicants may be required to provide documentation of English proficiency to complete their admission file.
Students with previous college-level academic credits information:
Associate or bachelor degree students
- Students with previous college credit earned at a CHEA or AUCC accredited institution are required to submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) Application as part of their admission process.
- Students with previous college credit earned only at non-CHEA or non-AUCC accredited institutions are not required to submit a TCE application as part of their admission process. However, students do have the option to have these transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an APUS-approved agency and undergo the TCE for possible transfer credit.
- Depending on the country of citizenship applicants may be required to provide documentation of English proficiency before being able to register for class. Learn more about our English proficiency requirements.
Undergraduate certificate students
- You have the option to undergo a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE), but it is not a requirement. We may request official transcripts from CHEA or AUCC accredited institutions via the TCE process. Students that earned their college credit at a non-CHEA or non-AUCC accredited institution must have a course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency conducted by an APUS-approved agency for the TCE.
- Depending on the country of citizenship applicants may be required to provide documentation of English proficiency before being able to register for class.
As an international student, you must have your non-U.S. college and university transcripts (those not accredited by CHEA or AUCC) evaluated by a credential evaluation agency, listed below, that can interpret your educational background received outside the United States and provide statements of U.S. equivalencies.
Agency Issued Reports
Evaluation agencies will complete your evaluation in one of two ways:
- Degree-only verification: Verifies the type of degree earned and whether or not the non-U.S. institution degree is equivalent to one earned at an accredited U.S. institution.
- Course by course evaluation: Verifies whether or not the non-U.S. institution is equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution and includes a separate report that provides U.S. semester credit, grade equivalent, and level equivalent (graduate or undergraduate) for each course. This report is used for Transfer Credit Evaluations (TCE) and three year non-U.S. bachelor degrees.
Accepted Credential Evaluation Agencies
You are responsible for contacting one of these accepted foreign education evaluation agencies to have your non-U.S. transcript evaluated, and to receive procedure and fee information:
- Office of International Education Services, Credentials Analysis Service at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. (AACRAO)
- Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) We only accept the academic report which includes the earned credential equivalency and a course-by-course report.
- National Association of Credential Evaluation Services National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Current Members Only*
- Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Current Members Only*
*Because membership may change throughout the year, visit the NACES or AICE websites to see the most current information.
Agencies Should Use the Following Address to Send Transcript Evaluations:
American Public University System
Attn: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Please note: Faxed evaluation reports are not considered official.English Proficiency for International Students
Non-exempt, non-U.S. citizens must provide verification of English proficiency by submitting the results of a standardized test.
The university's preference is for students to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, but we would accept the other standardized tests listed below as well.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Paper Based Test-520 with TWE of 4.0
Internet Based Test
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version
Tests Requiring University Approval First
To submit one of the following tests in place of the TOEFL or IELTS, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL)
General Certificate of Education (GCE)
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE)
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE)
Transcripts and Other Documentation Needed
The following types of individuals are required to provide us additional documentation and should read the relevant sections below for details on the necessary documentation
Note: If you are an undergraduate student with no previous college credit, or if you are a non-degree seeking student, we will not need any transcripts.
Undergraduate Students with Previous College Credit
If you are an undergraduate student with previous college credit and you have not earned a bachelors degree or above yet, we need:
Official transcripts sent from all previous institutions
TCE application for transfer credit review
If the course work was completed at an institution not accredited by a U.S. recognized body, you will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an international education agency.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Alumni Study Travel Fund
Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.
- Amsterdam Merit Scholarships
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than American Public University.
International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:
- Contact their Ministry of Education – explore scholarship, grants or loan possibilities
- Contact private lenders – companies or banks
- Seek sponsorship from a personal investor
American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
ED formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards, and CHEA extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. Accreditation should be important to you because it determines a schools eligibility for federal and state financial aid, and may influence acceptance of transfer credits and admission to accredited graduate schools.
In addition to our HLC accreditation, our B.S. in Nursing program, as well as many of our business programs, have obtained specialized accreditation from external accrediting organizations in these specific disciplines.
Credits and degrees earned through APUS may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military, federal government, and private sector. For students transferring to other colleges, APUS credit is considered transfer-eligible based on its accreditation. However, APUS cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.Institutional Accreditation
This level of accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation with HLC demonstrates our focus on providing academic excellence and the best possible experience for our students.
As an accredited institution, our university is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs. In addition, APUS has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.
Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following websites:
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
(800) USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
View the APUS 2011 HLC Reaccreditation letterSpecialized Accreditation
In addition to our HLC accreditation, our university has obtained specialized/programmatic accreditation through appropriate governing organizations for the specific academic programs listed below. The curriculum for these programs meets the higher standards required by these external accrediting organizations.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting; A.A. in Business Administration; Bachelor of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration; B.A. in Marketing; A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management; A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management; A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management; B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management; and A.A. in Real Estate Studies.
The B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management and the B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship programs within the School of Business are not accredited by ACBSP. They will be eligible for accreditation once they have been standing for a minimum of two years and each has at least one graduate.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN)
CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH)
At this time, our university is not accredited by CEPH, and our prior application for CEPH accreditation lapsed on January 1, 2013. However, the governing body of the CEPH, at its June 2013 meeting, formally approved our request to begin the accreditation process for our Master of Public Health program. The steps and timeline for the CEPH accreditation process are subject to modification, and there is no assurance that we (or any institution seeking accreditation) will achieve this accreditation.Professional Recognition and Affiliation
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Sports and Health Sciences
American Sport Education Program (ASEP) (B.S.)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) (M.S.)
Information Systems Security
National Security Agency (NSA) - Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE)
Child and Family Development
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
School of Education, M.Ed. Teaching, M.Ed. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. School Counseling
WV state approved educator certification programs (WVDE)