Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for political science degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,430 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,911 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

34% above average compared to other degrees

$ 43,677 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

35% above average compared to other degrees

What do political science graduates earn?

Political science students make an average of $81,643 per year after graduation. This is 22% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

19% of political science graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 81,643 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 80% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

6% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular political science schools in the US

There are 2182 schools in the US that offer a political science degree. The political science schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in political science per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082

Top US schools for a political science degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering political science degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Pomona College8%$51,075
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Brown University8%$53,419

Cheapest US schools for a political science degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a political science degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Barstow Community College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
San Joaquin Delta College$1,104
Copper Mountain Community College$1,112
Antelope Valley College$1,124
Yuba College$1,124
Victor Valley College$1,126
Chabot College$1,138
Fullerton College$1,138


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