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Department of Political Science

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Masters of Applied American Politics and Policy

The MAAPP program is a terminal Masters of Science degree designed for those who seek active careers in a number of political fields: Campaigns, Fundraising, Political Communications, Lobbying, Legislative Affairs, etc. Unlike the traditional graduate program in Political Science, which is designed for individuals with career paths in academia and research, MAAPP offers practical experience and a diverse set of skills for those interested in careers as political operatives. Florida State University's MAAPP program has two distinct advantages over other political science programs of this type: flexible enrollment options including evening courses for students holding full-time jobs during the day, and the significant political networks available due to our location in Tallahassee, the capital city of the third-largest state in the U.S.

This is a 36-hour, non-thesis program, which includes 24 hours of course work and a 12-hour internship/practicum. Twelve of the 24 hours are electives and 12 are the following required courses:

  • POS5203 Fundamentals of Political Management (Summer)
  • POS5274 The Campaign Process (Fall)
  • POS5276 Political Communication and Message Development (Fall)
  • POS5335 Political Research (Spring)