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About the Program

Studying political science at Southwest Minnesota State University allows students the opportunity to investigate political phenomena ranging from the behavior of individual voters to relations among nations. We seek to develop an awareness of the moral and ethical implications of political action, and an understanding of political institutions and processes from empirical and comparative perspectives.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Online tuition rates are affordable and banded for full time student enrollments.
  • SMSU offers in-state tuition to nearly everyone. No out-state rates. Reciprocity rates may apply.
  • U.S. Citizens & eligible noncitizens can apply for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Minnesota residents completing the FAFSA will also be considered for Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct loan funds as well.
  • SMSU offers a variety of Scholarships that students can apply for!
  • Return on investment! SMSU graduates have a 99% Employment Rate within 6 months of graduation!

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

Note: Final high school transcripts, complete with date of graduation, must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to enrollment.

Transfer students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

  • Completed Application for Admission and non-refundable application fee of $20.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended outside the MinnState System, transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to the Southwest Minnesota State University Office of Admission.
Political Science major

Career Opportunities

Careers for those students who wish to pursue a degree in political science includes the possibilities for internships and full time employment with the Minnesota Legislature, local governments, regional and federal agencies, the Minnesota court system, law firms, and political organizations.

  • Attorney
  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Peace Corp/Vista Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Community Relations Director
  • Broadcast Journalist

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