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Earn An Online Political Science Degree

Making plans can be difficult. Looking three or four years down the road and sticking with a daily plan can feel tedious. But the problem with not making plans is that the future comes whether you are ready or not. Even though planning ahead can be a difficult task that requires a lot of commitment, it is worth it in the end. Being prepared and having a plan can substantially increase the odds of completing school in less time, while spending less money.

Online Degrees Are a Good Fit for People with Obligations

People may have hopes of law school, graduate studies or a political career in their futures. Online political science degree programs are flexible and convenient, making them an ideal fit for someone who works full time or has family obligations. Work and family constraints are both reasons people have cited for giving up on college. Online education alleviates those pressures by allowing working adults the freedom to manage their personal commitments and complete their degrees at the same time.

Dual-Credit Enrollment for Grad School

Graduate hours are another perk of an online political science degree. Some programs allow seniors to apply some credits from their undergraduate studies toward a master’s degree. This reduces time and money spent on a graduate degree.

Job Opportunities with a Master’s Degree

People pursuing an online political science degree while concurrently obtaining graduate hours are on the fast-track for careers in research, government, education and law. Many of these fields require a master’s degree. For example, a master’s degree in political science or public administration is usually necessary to become a political scientist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, political scientists made an average salary of $99,730. There are a multitude of lucrative and rewarding professions one can get with a master’s in political science. Finally, students enrolled in the Arkansas State online BA in Political Science program can earn credit towards a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

The Benefits of Planning

Adults who are willing to plan ahead for their political science education and career will reap the benefits over the long term. Online education helps alleviate the burden of family commitments, work schedule conflicts, personal issues and burnout. It also has the added benefit of offering graduate hours to save enrollees both time and money.

Learn more about the Arkansas State University online BA in Political Science program.


BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Political Scientists

BLS Occupational Employment Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015 — 19-3094 Political Scientists

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