Best master’s degree in political science in District of Columbia

A master’s in political science provides advanced interdisciplinary training in topics like economics, national and international politics, public policy, sociology, and law. Three years after completing their degree, political science graduates earn a weighted average salary of $56,738. 

Our rankings of political science graduate programs cover 25 of the 96 programs available, accounting for 49% of total conferrals. We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data. 

For more information on how we determine the best master’s degree in political science programs, please visit our methodology page.

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#1 in District of Columbia | #10 in Political Science nationally

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 0.74

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $76,708

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,332

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $60,256

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.79

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in District of Columbia | #16 in Political Science nationally

American University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 1.26

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $46,087

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $10,932

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $46,871

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.02

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in District of Columbia | #19 in Political Science nationally

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Economic score: 1.43

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $52,107

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,824

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $68,130

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.31

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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The Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

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How long does it take to pay down debt in poli sci/government in District of Columbia?

Years

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in poli sci/government is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

How much do graduates with master's degree in poli sci/government earn in District of Columbia?

Salary

$76,708

The median master's degree in poli sci/government graduate earns $76,708 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in poli sci/government cost in District of Columbia?

Net cost

$32,563

The average annual cost of a master's degree in poli sci/government is $32,563. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.