The University of Akron - UAkron Online


Applied Politics

100% online

Same expert faculty as in-person classes


The Master of Applied Politics (MAP), in cooperation with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and The University of Akron Political Science Department, is one of only a handful of graduate programs in the United States focusing on practical politics and experiential learning. It is designed for students interested in election campaigns, digital strategy and messaging, fundraising, managing organizations, and other political activities. All applied politics classes are delivered synchronously or asynchronously online.


  • A MAP would allow a student a foothold in the world of politics in a variety of jobs. MAP students have also earned a Ph.D. in political science or related fields.
  • Applied politics is a discipline that is offered by only a few universities in the United States and world.
  • UA’s Master of Applied Politics degree program is one of only five such programs in the U.S. and the only one in the Midwest.


No GRE or other entrance exams required.

To be eligible for the MAP, Applicants must have a confirmed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better. No specific degree is required

Additional requirements include:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of personal goals
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended