Political Psychology, MA
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 non-profit 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.
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.
Degree requirement changes have been made, to be effective beginning in Fall 2021. Please see our resources page for more information.
Required Core (3 credit hours)
PPS 501 Fundamentals of Political Psychology (3)
Other Requirement (15 credit hours)
PPS 502 Cognition and Emotions in Political Thinking (3)
PPS 503 Prejudice, Stereotypes and Intergroup Relations (3)
PPS 504 Attitudes and Persuasion (3)
PPS 505 Biopolitics (3)
PPS 506 Experimental Design (3)
Electives or Research (6 credit hours)
Internship (3 credit hours)
PPS 584 Internship (3)
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, including courses like "Social Media and Campaigns" or "Defining the Digital Audience" from the Cronkite School. Those 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.
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:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts
- letter of intent or written statement
- 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.
Priority Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission - July 23*
Spring Admission - December 14*
*A priority deadline means that applications submitted and completed before the priority deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be reviewed in the order in which they were completed and on a space available basis. An application is complete after all materials are received by Graduate Admissions.
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.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.