Government and Politics, Master of Arts

33 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Rome Campus


The 33-credit Master of Arts in Government and Politics offers you the chance to study the institutions, theories, and political processes in local, state, federal, and international governments and organizations in depth. You’ll prepare for an array of opportunities in the civil or foreign services, positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, careers in education, or for further study as a doctoral or law student.

In addition to study on our Queens, New York campus, you also have the opportunity to earn your M.A. degree from our beautiful Rome, Italy campus, centrally located in Rome’s Prati district. The M.A. program on both campuses is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Education Department. Whether you complete your degree in New York or Rome, you’ll gain the analytical and research skills necessary for exciting career opportunities in government and politics.

M.A. Program in Rome, Italy

As a graduate student on SJU’s Rome campus, you’ll have the best of both worlds: the opportunity to earn an American degree while living in a major European center of government, politics, international organizations, and multinational corporations.  

You’ll also benefit from the Rome campus’s small class sizes and distinguished faculty. With the individual attention you’ll receive in the M.A. program, you’ll become an expert in composing policy briefs and reports, drafting and evaluating project proposals, resolutions, and public statements, as well as completing in-depth evaluations of global events and trends. The program will prepare you for an array of opportunities in the civil or foreign services, positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sectors, careers in education, or for further study as a doctoral or law student.  

Once admitted to the Rome M.A. in Government and Politics, you’ll also have the opportunity to study for one or more semesters at our main campus in Queens, NY.  The Queens campus offers the same International Relations courses as in Rome, allowing you to study on both campuses interchangeably. You may also enroll in intersession destination courses as they are available.

Department Contact

Diane Heith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Government and Politics
St. John Hall Room 234

Rome Campus Contact

Margherita Panzera
Assistant Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Via Marcantonio Colonna 21A
Rome, Italy
+39 06 393842

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Entrance Requirements

For admission to graduate studies in Government and Politics, students are expected to have an undergraduate preparation of at least 18 credits in Government and Politics/Political Science or equivalent and a 3.0 GPA.  Any deficiency in preparation may require supplementary or conditional credits in the form of suitable graduate courses, as determined by the department.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates for both the Queens, NY and Rome, Italy campuses are the same and are listed online. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are interested in studying on either campus are eligible for federal graduate loans. St. John’s also offers additional options for financing your degree, including scholarships, graduate assistantships, and resident assistantships.

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Resident Assistantships

Students enrolling at the Rome campus are offered scholarships based on scholastic achievement, evidence of work experience, and financial need that cover 25 percent of tuition for the entire duration of the master’s degree. To be considered for a Rome scholarship, you must apply directly to the Assistant Dean in Rome.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are awarded to matriculated students at both the Queens and Rome campuses on a semester basis. They are based on academic achievement, the needs of the St. John’s administration, and possession of the skills necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position. Graduate assistantships cover the cost of tuition for up to four courses per semester.

Resident Assistantships
Resident assistantships are offered to currently enrolled students on a semester basis at the Rome campus. Resident assistants (RAs) work closely with the residence director and live on campus. The part-time position includes assisting with student arrival and departure days, serving as an emergency contact for students, and enforcing campus policies and procedures. Knowledge of Italian is an advantage. Remuneration for work includes the cost of a private single room in our dormitory along with a stipend for meals. Please note that you cannot hold a graduate assistantship and a resident assistantship concurrently.

Graduate Admission Information

Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

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Career Outcomes

Internships and Career Placement

If you choose to study on the Rome campus, you’ll be able to take advantage of unique internship opportunities there, thanks to relationships that faculty and administrators maintain with several international organizations, multinational corporations, and government agencies in Rome and throughout Italy. If you study in Queens, you’ll have similar opportunities throughout New York City and the metropolitan area. You can receive up to three credits for internship(s) once you have completed at least 12 credits of coursework for the M.A., and we encourage all students in the program to do at least one internship. In the past, students in the M.A. Government and Politics program have interned with the United Nations, the U.S. Embassy in Rome, the International Development and Law Organization, and Save the Children Italia, to name just a few.

These internship opportunities have led to career paths for many of our students, and our graduates have found fulfilling jobs around the globe in a variety of fields including: the Civil or Foreign Service; the United Nations; policy think tanks; international NGOs; major multinational corporations; and dynamic start-up companies. Some graduates from the program have also gone on to doctoral programs in political science or related fields.

With an M.A. in Government and Politics from the Rome or Queens campus of St. John’s, you can join our successful alumni in landing rewarding positions with some of the following institutions and organizations:

  • American University of Rome
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Ernst & Young
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • The World Bank
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • United Nations World Food Programme
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Global Approach to Education

Why Study in Rome as a Graduate Student? 

As a student on the Rome campus, you will benefit from our small class sizes and distinguished faculty. You’ll also have the best of both worlds, earning a degree from an American university while living in a major European center of government, politics, international organizations, and multinational corporations.

All faculty members teaching in the M.A. program in Rome hold doctoral degrees and come from the New York campus. If you pursue the thesis option for your degree, you will work with one or more of the following faculty members to plan and execute a research study while responding creatively to an intellectual challenge determined by your own interests and concentration:

The many different government agencies and international and non-profit organizations in Rome also offer you diverse internship opportunities, many of which are paid and full-time. These will allow you to build your professional network with worldwide contacts and add international work experience to your resume.

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Success Story

Assistant Professor of Government and Politics
St. John’s Professor’s Fellowship Study Published by RAND Corporation