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Tuition Fees:$6,896 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts in Political Science
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The graduate program in Political Science Department offers advanced study in the discipline of Political Science, with particular emphasis and specializations in three areas; Comparative Politics; International Relations, and; Development Studies.

The Political Science Department values its location in the heart of the Middle East and seeks, through its faculty, courses and activities, to link the discipline of political science to the thriving and complex political realities of Cairo, Egypt and the region. Its graduate programs offer students a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of the political phenomena as well as a deep understanding of political realities in Egypt, the Arab World and the international arena. The programs combine courses aimed at familiarizing students with the knowledge necessary for developing their understanding of these political realities with research seminars that are required for familiarizing students with research methods that they will need to independently analyze complex political phenomena.

The graduate programs are intended for students who would like to pursue academic careers as well as those presently working, or desiring to work, in international political bodies, government departments concerned with political issues, or in other public, private and international sectors where there is increasingly a need for persons who have a scientific understanding of the political realities of the Middle East and the World.

Program Overview
The Department of Political Science is the premier political science department in Egypt and the Middle East. We offer prospective graduate students in Political Science:
– Excellent and caring faculty who will excite and challenge you to achieve your fullest potential.
– Small seminar-type course in which every student will have ample opportunity to participate in discussion and debate.
– Courses that will equip you with important practical and research skills useful in your chosen career paths.

Alumni of the program have successful careers in diplomacy, journalism, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private and public sectors.

Program Design
The Political Science Department offers a Master of Arts degree with specializations in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Development Studies, and Comparative Middle East Politics and Society. The last specialization is offered jointly with the University of Tubingen, in Germany, where students spend a semester. The Department also offers a Graduate Diploma in Political Science.

The MA degree requires 24 credit hours followed by a supervised thesis. The MA can be earned in two academic years of full-time study.

The Graduate Diploma requires 18 credit hours and can be completed in one academic year.

Part-time studies will take longer to graduate. The maximum time for completing the program is five years.


Specialization in Comparative Politics
A specialization in Comparative Politics requires the following courses.
– Comparative Theory (3 cr.)
– Advanced Political Science Methods (3 cr.)
– Foundations of Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
– Regime Change and Democratization (3 cr.)
– Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3 cr.)

Plus one course from the following:
– Scope and Method of Developmental Analysis (3 cr.)
– International Relations Theories (3 cr.)
– International Political Economy (3 cr.)

In addition, two courses to be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Studies Director, for a total of 24 credit hours.

Specialization in International Relations
A specialization in International Relations requires the following course.

– International Relations Theories (3 cr.)
– Advanced Political Science Methods (3 cr.)
– Foundations of Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
– Critical Approaches to International Relations Theories (3 cr.)

Plus one course from the following:
– Comparative Theory (3 cr.)
– Scope and Method of Developmental Analysis (3 cr.)
– International Political Economy (3 cr.)

Plus two courses from the following:
– Race, Gender, and Sexuality in International Relations (3 cr.)
– Global Governance and World Order(s) (3 cr.)
– Comparative Foreign Policy: Theories and Applications (3 cr.)
– Conflict and Security in Global Politics (3 cr.)

In addition, one course to be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Studies Director, for a total of 24 credit hours.
Specialization in Development Studies
A specialization in Development Studies (previously Professional Development) requires the following courses:
– Scope and Method of Developmental Analysis (3 cr.)
– Advanced Political Science Methods (3 cr.)
– Foundations of Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
– Project Seminar (3 cr.)
– Skills in Development Practice and Internships (3 cr.)

Plus one course from the following:
– Comparative Theory (3 cr.)
– International Relations Theories (3 cr.)
– International Political Economy (3 cr.)

In addition, two courses to be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Studies Director, for a total of 24 credit hours.
With department approval, students may take relevant courses outside the department.

A thesis, written in English and submitted in accordance with university regulations, is required of all specializations for the master’s degree in Political Science. Students, working with a supervisor of their choice, should submit a detailed thesis prospectus to the department for approval. Once approved, students must register for thesis supervision until graduation. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination.

The Department encourages its students to familiarize themselves with procedures regarding committee selection, writing of the thesis, presentation to the supervisor and readers, and defense of the thesis. It strongly encourages them to plan ahead their program in order to successfully meet the procedural requirements within the specified time frame.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Program is competitive and requires:
– An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and above (an overall grade of Gayyid Giddan for graduates from Egyptian universities)
– An acceptable bachelor’s degree in political science or in a closely related social science (preferably with a minor in political science)
– A TOEFL score of at least 90 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
– References from instructor and/or employer speaking to motivation and maturity

Applicants with deficiencies in their preparation may be required to take appropriate courses at the undergraduate level.

Admission is also subject to the general University requirements for a graduate program

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for a Master of Science in Political Science include:
– Policy Analyst
– Legislative Assistant
– Public Relations Specialist
– Social Media Manager
– Marketing Research Analyst
Political Consultant
– Attorney
– Intelligence Analyst

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $6,896
Tuition Fees for International Students: $8,754

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 109,612EGP ($6948)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 139,145EGP ($8,820)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $579 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Rabab El Mahdi
Chair, Department of Political Science
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries