Research course

Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Entry requirements

All applicants must take the GRE General Test.

Applications are to be made online. See the Political Science website.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year Master’s (a summer semester is typically needed to complete the required thesis) is designed for students who want to build proficiency in applied research so that they can pursue successful careers in government, business, and public policy.

The program runs alongside the doctoral study in the department and emphasizes intensive preparation in one of the following fields of study. Applicants are required to have identified one or two faculty with whom they could work and also be sure that person will be in the department for the year in question. Fields are:

  • American Politics;
  • Comparative Politics;
  • International Relations;
  • Models and Methods;
  • Political Economy;
  • Security Studies.

You must satisfactorily complete a minimum of six graduate subjects. At least four of those subjects must be completed here at MIT Political Science. You may take the remaining two subjects at MIT or through cross-registration at Harvard University.

Advice is available once preliminary research into options/faculty interests has been conducted.

Fees and funding

British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.

These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses, which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.

Please note that you will need to submit your application to the scholarship ahead of the deadline for your MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note it is totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program. Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.

See the website for full information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
001 617 253 8336