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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)

FSU MAAPP @ the Cap Thursday, January 23, 2020 

The FSU MAAPP Program will be in Florida’s Capitol on January 23. Below is the updated schedule of events:

8:00-16:00 MAAPP Table – 3rd Floor Senate Rotunda
Stop by and visit the MAAPP table to learn more about the program and network with instructors, students, and alumni.
12:00-13:30 Luncheon for Current MAAPP Students and Faculty
(Invitation only; RSVP required to bkile@fsu.edu by Jan. 20)

The FSU Jim Moran Center, 111 S. Monroe Street

Keynote Speaker: Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey

14:00-17:00 Student Visits in the Capitol
Students will travel in groups to visit MAAPP alumni and public officials including the offices of: Senate President Galvano; House Speaker Oliva; Governor DeSantis; Agriculture Secretary Fried; and Attorney General Moody
17:30-19:00 MAAPP Alumni Reception
This networking event is open to MAAPP Alumni, current students and friends. No RSVP required.

The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, 204 S Monroe Street