Welcome to the Political Science Graduate Program

Why get a Master’s degree in Political Science at UofL?

Jobs that require a Master’s degree are the fastest part of the economy, and many public service jobs in local, state, and federal government pay a higher starting salary to those candidates with a Master’s. Our Masters degree also provides students with training in data analysis skills that are in demand in the public and private sector and pay more. The program helps prepare students to go directly into the workforce or to pursue a PhD.

Masters students take advantage of internship opportunities, professional development and career workshops, networking events, and research collaborations with faculty members.

The department also works closely with the affiliated Center for Asian Democracy

What can I do with a Master’s in Political Science?

Here is a sampling of jobs that our Masters alums have held or currently hold:

  • Policy Manager, Center for Health Equity (Louisville Metro)
  • Data and Assessment Analyst, University of Kentucky
  • Grants and GIS specialist at the KY Office of Energy Policy (Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet)
  • Housing Opportunity Development Director at City & County of Denver
  • Visual Data Analyst, ProSource360 Consulting Services
  • Survey Analyst, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services
  • Professor, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Transylvania University
  • UX Research Operations and Enablement Lead, Cisco
  • Compliance Manager, Humana
  • Policy Analyst, Louisville Metro Dept. of Public Health and Wellness
  • Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief of Staff at the National Center for Families Learning
  • Associate Manager, Volunteers of America – Colorado
  • Global Health Engagement Sr. Data Manager at the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine
  • Associate Director of Content, Qnary
  • Management Analyst, Nevada Department of Education
  • Lt. Governor of Kentucky