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. Through the M.A. in Government with a concentration in Political Theory you will reflect on the nature and ends of government, the principles underlying government practice and how government ought to function. Political theory has a long and respected pedigree in western civilization, dating back at least to the ancient Greeks.

The M.A. in Government in Political Theory is an online graduate program offered through the Robertson School of Government suitable for students interested in political science and the systematic study of the history of political thought. Political Theory students will explore questions such as: What is justice? What is the best regime? You will also develop and enhance 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 on campus or online, students learn from teacher scholars with 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 students.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Government with a focus in Political Theory prepares students for meaningful careers in government and politics, such as think tank analyst, writer/researcher, high school teacher, community college instructor or Ph.D. candidate.

M.A. in Government - Political Theory students will:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

As you begin your search for political science graduate programs in Virginia, consider Regent's Robertson School of Government. Contact us today for information, and advance your managerial and leadership career.

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