Best master’s degree in political science in Virginia

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 Virginia | #2 in Political Science nationally

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

Economic score: 0.40

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: $74,195

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,558

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: $40,203

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

Debt to earnings: 0.54

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 Virginia | #9 in Political Science nationally

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Economic score: 0.73

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: $43,798

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $10,995

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: $25,593

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

Debt to earnings: 0.58

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 Virginia | #18 in Political Science nationally

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Economic score: 1.37

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: $37,208

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $18,391

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: $34,166

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

Debt to earnings: 0.92

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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Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, Virginia

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How long does it take to pay down debt in poli sci/government in Virginia?

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 Virginia?

Salary

$54,129

The median master's degree in poli sci/government graduate earns $54,129 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in poli sci/government cost in Virginia?

Net cost

$24,986

The average annual cost of a master's degree in poli sci/government is $24,986. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.