Master of Arts in Political Science

The Master of Arts in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University offers students options to prepare for various career goals such as:

  • Positions in public service and quasi-public agencies.
  • Further professional training in political science and related professions, such as law.
  • Teaching positions in community colleges.
  • General positions in the business world.

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Students in the Department of Political Science are advised by Dr. Jim Butterfield.


Common departmental forms.


Deadlines and calendars

Financial assistance

Graduate assistantships and associateships

The Department of Political Science offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to qualified students each year. Assistantship stipends are competitive and include tuition remission. Graduate assistants typically work with faculty members conducting research or teaching large undergraduate classes. M.A. and MIDA students can apply for assistantships; doctoral students may be awarded either an assistantship or an associateship. Consideration for an assistantship is contingent upon admission to one of our graduate programs.

Complete the department application for graduate assistantship or associateship instead of the form found on the Graduate College website.

Deadline: Feb. 1 to be considered for financial assistance for the following academic year. There is only one application deadline per year and funding support starts with the fall semester.

Other support

Graduate College financial support
Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships