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States with political science schools

How will your political science education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the political science education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 1,172 brick and mortar political science schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had political science programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 42,879 students graduated from political science programs in 2010. Of these students, 104 graduated from certificate programs in political science, 39,779 graduated from undergraduate programs in political science, and 2,996 graduated from graduate-level programs in political science.


Students can pursue education in political science at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Political Science
  • Bachelor's Degree in Political Science
  • Master's Degree in Political Science
  • Doctoral Degree in Political Science
  • Certificate in Political Science

Political science students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their political science degree:

  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • World Civilization
  • American Government
  • International Politics
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis


On average in 2010, political science schools in the US charged $29,766 in tuition per year. The political science schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The political science schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your political science job compare?

A large number of political science majors work as political scientists after graduation. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 4,470 political scientists were working in the US. The largest numbers of political scientists work in the following states:

  1. Washington DC - 2,670 Political Scientists
  2. Virginia - 400 Political Scientists
  3. California - 330 Political Scientists

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for political scientists over the next few years:

  1. Texas - 27%
  2. Virginia - 26%
  3. Washington State - 14%


On average, a political scientist earns a salary of $94,923 per year in the US. However, the salary for a political scientist can greatly vary based on factors such as seniority, professional associations and certifications or work conditions. Approximately 10 percent of political scientists earn less than $30,570 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $155,500 per year. On average, a political scientist earns the most in the following states:

  1. Virginia - $125,110 per year
  2. New York - $120,040 per year
  3. Washington DC - $120,030 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for political scientists are:

  1. Illinois - $51,970 per year
  2. Missouri - $63,480 per year
  3. Texas - $65,550 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
political science?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 15,930 $78,620 16.2%
Political Scientists 4,470 $107,930 -10.8%