Master’s Degree in Political Science

The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in the capital city is one of the best places to receive a masters in political science in the country. Specifically, there are two programs of study here: one in Strategic Political Relations, the other in Political Management. Both will be discussed in detail below.

The Strategic Political Relations program concerns itself with the role that public relations plays in corporate life. Courses, with brief descriptions (all courses mentioned in this article are worth three credits), include:

Public Relations Principles and Practices: The Foundations of Public Relations Strategy and Tactics. History, major firms and trends, basic rules and strategy Ethical Standards in Public Relations and Public Affairs: The Framework of Professional Credibility and Accountability. Ethical principles as applied to public relations and how to work with clients and the media Issues Management and Crisis Communications Corporate Social Responsibility Communication Strategies. Communications challenges unique to CSR; involves reading professional journals and studying individual cases.

Political Socialization: How these Factors Impact the Development and Implementation of Public Relations Strategies. This course is devoted to the “sources and dynamics of public opinion and political socialization.”

No license or certificate is issued on completion of this program. The university’s political management program is focused on influencing the political process in such a way as to achieve the desired results. There are two concentrations in this field, electoral and advocacy. Each requires three courses; for the electoral concentration they are:

Campaign Strategy: how to achieve victory in an election by managing the basic systems Campaign Organization and Execution: how to choose staff members for a campaign team, field organization, demographic targeting, press operations and financial control State and Local Campaigns: procedures for dealing with the numerous challenges involved in an election campaign.

The three courses required for a concentration in advocacy are:

Issues Management (and Crisis Communications): public policy issues management, initiatives and referenda, issue-oriented campaigns.

Grassroots: how grassroots organizers aid corporations and nonprofit organizations State and Local Campaigns: areas in the state and local government levels where campaigning and legislating intersect.

In addition, students must take three independent study projects and may also enroll in Advanced Problems and Strategy.

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