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Guide to Earning Your Political Science Bachelor’s Online

Earning a bachelor’s degree in political science online can set the stage for a successful career in politics, economics, or public policy. Check out our list of top 50 colleges and universities that offer online political science programs, learn more about the courses you’ll take, and get the answers you need.

Author: Blake Huggins
Editor: STEPS Staff
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If you’re interested in the history of governance and how political systems work, then an online political science degreeis a great way to launch your career in high-impact fields like economics and public policy. And thanks to the convenience of online learning, completing your studies is easier and more affordable than ever.

In this guide, you’ll find top-rated online political science bachelor’sdegree programs, learn the importance of accreditation, discover popular course offerings and major career paths, and get answers to frequently asked questions. Keep reading for more on what you need to know about these advanced degree programs.

Best Online Political Science Degrees: Top Bachelor’s Programs for 2024

We’ve identified 50 of the best online political science degree programs—based on flexibility, accreditation, affordability, and academic quality—to help you narrow down potential schools. These programs combine rigorous, comprehensive study with convenient and accommodating delivery methods, offering solid preparation for further study or an entry-level career. Begin your school search and find out which programs stand out below.

About the ranking

College Ranking Methodology

Generate List of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least one program in the subject area offered partially or fully online.
  • Career placement and academic counseling services.

Assign Weightings

After generating the list of eligible schools, the STEPS data team then assigned weights and ranked schools based on their performance in a variety of key categories. Affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings, followed by online learning and academic quality metrics (equally weighted).

Affordability

  • Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on in-state tuition for undergraduate students per academic year.
  • Percentage of students who receive institutional financial aid (directly from the school).
  • Average amount of institutional financial aid awarded.

Online Learning

  • Number of online programs in subject area self-reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Percentage of students at the school taking at least one class online.

Academic Quality

  • Student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Percentage of full-time, first-time students graduating within 6 years.

About Our Data

All STEPS rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: August 2023

Accreditation Glossary

ABHE: Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

ABHES: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

ACCJC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

ACCSC: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

DEAC: Distance Education Accrediting Commission

HLC: Higher Learning Commission

MSCHE: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

NECHE: New England Commission of Higher Education

NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

TRACS: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

WSCUC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission

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Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Students who wish to earn a college degree without having to set foot on campus will appreciate Arkansas State University's 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree. The vast majority of these courses can be taken asynchronously, meaning n