international affairs

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts



Program Description

The Department of Political Science at Marquette University offers master's programs aimed at preparing students for doctoral study in political science and international affairs and for careers in related fields. The department offers a dual bachelor's and master's degree program that enables Marquette University students to earn a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. In conjunction with the Law School, students also can pursue a dual master of arts-juris doctor (M.A.-J.D.) program in political science or international affairs. Through the combined program, full-time students can complete the juris doctor and master of arts degrees in only four years. Furthermore, law school graduates can pursue an accelerated master of arts degree through awards of transfer credit for work completed as part of the juris doctor degree. Dual degree programs are also available in conjunction with the communication and the business administration graduate programs.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • GRE scores (General Test only). Not required for accelerated B.A.-M.A. degree program applicants; M.A.-J.D. applicants may substitute LSAT scores for GRE scores; M.A.-M.B.A. applicants may substitute GMAT scores for GRE scores.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • For international applicants only: an overall minimum TOEFL score of 100 or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Application Deadline

No official deadline exists for the political science or international affairs master's programs. However, applications submitted after the Graduate School's official financial aid deadlines will be considered only as space permits, even if the applicant is not requesting financial aid. The deadlines for financial aid consideration are Feb. 15 for the following fall term and Nov. 15 for the following spring term.

Financial Aid

This department offers two sorts of financial aid, research assistantships (RA) and tuition scholarships. For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.