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Masters degrees pave the way for political science careers



Posted June 07, 2010 02:11 PM

Masters degrees pave the way for political science careers
Masters degrees pave the way for political science careers
As politicians prepare for upcoming elections, the demand for professionals who have completed graduate degrees in political science is projected to increase. As a result, the number of accredited online and campus-based universities that offer these programs is on the rise.

In fact, the private sector has begun to take an interest in making higher education in this field more widespread.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Clayton Riddell, CEO of Calgary-based Paramount Resources, recently donated $15 million toward the creation of a masters program in political management at Carleton University.

Using this financing, the Ottawa-based school will develop a one-year course of study that will be modeled after similar programs at Fordham University, George Washington University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. September 2011 is the program's expected start date, pending approval from the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

Similar courses of study could help students land jobs as political aides, legislative assistants, campaign managers, government advisors or policy liaison officers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public relations specialists who worked with political organizations in May 2008 earned an average of $55,460 per year.

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