Master of Arts in Political Theory at Regent University

Master of Arts in Government -
Political Theory

On-campus & Online Degree Overview

Regent's Master of Arts in Government provides an in-depth understanding of the founding principles of democracy, the biblical foundation for government, current issues related to government, and the skills and knowledge to develop nations. The M.A. in Government with a concentration in Political Theory reflects on the nature and ends of government, including a description of the principles underlying government practice and prescription about how government ought to function. Political theory has a long and venerable pedigree in western civilization, dating back at least to the ancient Greeks. The M.A. in Government in Political Theory will thus involve systematic study of the history of political thought. Political Theory students will be encouraged to ask the most basic questions related to government: What is justice? What is the best regime? Additionally, the program offers courses that will help students develop and enhance their key analytical and critical reasoning skills.

M.A. in Government - Political Theory Highlights:

Curriculum: View Course Sequence & Descriptions
Length: 30 credit hours. May be completed in as little as 18 months. Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.
Format: Delivered entirely online or entirely face-to-face
Results: Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in
Political Theory
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Certificates: Available certificates in American Government, International Relations, Law and Public Policy, Mid-East Politics, Public Administration, and Terrorism and Homeland Defense
Features: Whether in the classroom or online, students learn from teacher scholars with a wide range of academic and real-world expertise, including former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Chief of Naval Operations Vernon Clark, and former USAID Assistant Administrator Paul Bonicelli. Our faculty-to-student ratio of 14 to 1 enables our professors to form meaningful relationships and mentoring opportunities with the students entrusted to them.

Career Opportunities

The M.A. in Government with a concentration in Political Theory prepares students for positions like think tank analyst, writer/researcher, high school teacher, community college instructor or Ph.D. candidate.

M.A. in Government - Political Theory graduates
will be able to:

  • Study the impact of Judeo-Christian values in U.S. political history, structures of the U.S. Government and the influential thinkers who guided the U.S. experiment.
  • Study the components of a Christian worldview, and compare these components to the philosophical underpinnings of competing worldviews.
  • Explore the Constitution and other dynamics of the political history of the U.S., including the leadership provided by the presidency and Congress.
  • Explore the inner workings of political campaigns and elections and engage in practical experiences in the political domain.
  • Explore contemporary and classical economic theory and the interplay of government and markets in developed and less developed nations.
  • Analyze, from a theoretical and practical viewpoint, local, state and national legislative processes and the role of the Executive Branch at these levels in implementing policies and laws.
  • Examine key policies germane to national security and terrorism issues.
  • Study global politics, and specifically the history, politics, and religions in the Middle East.
  • Develop and enhance key analytical and critical reasoning skills, tools and techniques in governmental and nonprofit leadership, policy and management.
  • Cultivate servant leadership principles in a broad range of governmental settings.

Admissions Contact

Zach Jones

Alumni Spotlight

Nathan Gill, M.A. in Government

Nathan Gill, M.A.
Current Student

"God has used my time here at Regent to broaden my concept of what Christian higher education can and should be."

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