Political Psychology, MA

Learn to understand how people think about politics, develop political attitudes, process political information, and make decisions about political matters.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MA Political Psychology

Developed as an interdisciplinary program crossing political science and psychology, the MA in political psychology was created to aid in the professional advancement of electoral and issue advocacy campaigns, government and private sector careers, and careers in nonprofit organizations. Students learn skills necessary to mobilize voters and social movements, advance governmental programs, design successful political communication strategies, and effectively market political candidates for local, state and federal offices.

The program's mission is to educate students in the most recent insights from evidence-based research, prepare students with innovative tools and knowledge that gives them an advantage over their peers, and encourage hands-on training that ensures what they learn inside of the classroom applies outside of the classroom. Students have regular interactions with world-class teachers and researchers who help students learn how to shape the world in a meaningful and positive way.

The School of Politics and Global Studies is host to the Center on the Future of War, the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research, and the SPGS Experimental Laboratory. The Department of Psychology hosts 10 doctoral, master's degree and graduate certificate programs that investigate issues such as social influence and persuasion, prejudices and discrimination, and neuroscience and clinical pathology. Faculty members are active in collaborative interdisciplinary research at ASU and with scholars at other universities and have won many major grants and awards.

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: online
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

Required Core (3 credit hours)
PPS 501 Fundamentals of Political Psychology (3)

Other Requirement (6 credit hours)
PPS 504 Attitudes and Persuasion (3)
PPS 506 Experimental Design (3)

Electives (18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
PPS 550 Capstone (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for a list of approved elective courses.

Other requirement coursework may be substituted with approval from the program director. Substitutions are based on student interest in narrowing their specialization with guidance. This program does not seek to replicate existing communications or marketing degrees, but rather harness the political psychology perspective as applied to a variety of potential student interests and careers.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. letter of intent or written statement
  4. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

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Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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