What can you do with a Masters degree in Political Science?

A Master’s in Political Science can give you a leg up on many jobs in the public and nonprofit sectors and enhance earning potential in jobs across all sectors. Here’s a sampling of jobs that our Masters alums have held or currently hold. Our graduate students also can connect with members of the UofL Political Science Alumni Council, which holds networking events throughout the year. Students should bookmark the website for the University Career Center, which lists job and internship postings tailored to student skills and interests, offers information sessions on all aspects of the job search, and provides one-on-one support for current students and recent alumni.

Click here to view to view information on what you can do with a Political Science degree including: career areas, typical employers, and strategies to enter that career area. This also includes links to professional associations, occupational outlook, related resources, and employment opportunities, together to give Political Science students an idea of what jobs to consider and how to begin searching for the career best for you. 

Learn more about professional development opportunities related to preparing for the job search on the Graduate School’s PLAN website:

Search on USA Jobs ( ) for openings in the federal government.

The Presidential Management Fellows is a program that recruits outstanding graduate students into federal agencies. The fellowship is a two year program with full salary and benefits at the GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12 levels. Fellows rotate through different agencies, are assigned a senior mentor, and can see their fellowship converted into a permanent or term position at the agency.

Search for job openings with the state of Kentucky here:

Search for job openings with Metro Louisville Government here:

Search for job openings with City of Cincinnati here:

Identify local nonprofits in Louisville and the surrounding area that fit your interests here:

For listings of careers with the U.S. State Department, follow this link.

Learn more about becoming a Foreign Service Officer here, a Foreign Service Specialist here, how to use your language proficiency in the Consular Fellows program here, and student internships here.

Interested in careers or internships with international organizations, like the United Nations, World Food Programme, or NATO? Explore openings here.

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