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The Master of Arts in Political Science


The Master of Arts in Political Science degree at Stony Brook University is an innovative program that uses the lens of psychology to better understand politics. Small courses taught by our full-time faculty focus on the psychology of public opinion, attitude change, persuasion, and political behavior. The program builds on our successful, internationally renowned PhD program in political psychology. The program teaches advanced skills in political psychology, public opinion, political attitudes, and mobilization. The Political Science M.A. program will introduce students to theories that help to make sense of public attitudes and behavior, familiarize them with core research on the dynamics of attitudes and opinions, and provide them with first-hand experience on the major research methods used to study the dynamics of public opinion and behavior. Students in the M.A. program also have the option to get involved in a research study with one of the faculty in the department and through the department’s two political psychology labs. The program may be completed in a calendar year by full-time students and within 2 years by students who select a part-time schedule.

Opportunities for Students

The M.A. program is designed to benefit students with diverse interests and career goals. It will help to prepare students who wish to enter a PhD program in political science, communications, or social psychology. Students take graduate level courses in political psychology along with the statistics and research training that is critical for more advanced study. A number of our M.A. students have been admitted to top ranked PhD programs including Stony Brook University, the University of Maryland, Florida State University, the University of Houston, and the University of Pittsburgh.

The program will also benefit students interested in the fields of political campaigns, public relations, media, polling, or those who work for federal or local legislators or not-for–profit organizations. Courses in the program will illuminate the techniques that can be used to mobilize support for a specific political candidate, build support for a particular issue position, or alter public behavior such as electricity usage or the purchase of more energy efficient appliances. An internship opportunity gives students the chance to get experience working for a not-for-profit organization or a relevant business as preparation for the job market.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees at Stony Brook, set by the State University of New York, are considerably below those of comparable programs on Long Island and throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. Please visit the  Bursar's Website for a current listing of fees.

To apply for need-based aid, including student loans, students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Curriculum