Online Master of Arts in Political Psychology

The master’s in political psychology degree explores the cognitive forces that influence political decision-making. You’ll examine voter behavior and learn how to apply this knowledge to political campaigns and communications.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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How easy is it for political leaders to manipulate the masses? What causes political violence? Why are people inclined to accept political misinformation? In the political psychology degree, you’ll explore the answers to these and other pressing political questions.

A psychological approach to politics will help you understand the roots of political decision-making, behavior and public opinion. The majority of coursework focuses on how citizens form their political beliefs and what motivates them to take part in politics. You’ll take advanced courses exploring how the media, partisan polarization, social identity and other factors affect citizen’s political decisions and interactions with government. You’ll also analyze the psychological concepts behind elite decision making, prejudice, political violence and more.

Courses in the program will also cover how to apply these insights to political campaigns and communications. You'll learn the necessary skills to mobilize voters, market a political candidate, craft campaign strategies and more. You’ll also learn how to design experiments and obtain the information you need to better understand voters’ opinions and motivations.

What is political psychology?

 

Political psychology is an interdisciplinary field that applies theories of cognition, emotion, biology, personality and intergroup relationships to politics. This field is similar to political science, but there are some key differences. Political scientists focus primarily on examining political institutions and systems of government. Political psychologists focus on understanding the forces shaping individuals’ political beliefs and actions.

Psychology and politics courses

In the political psychology degree, you’ll take courses that will help you get inside the minds of voters and citizens. You’ll explore the forces that impact voters’ political decision making and learn with the skills you need to understand and influence these decisions.


Required

Fundamentals of Political Psychology


Required

Cognition and Emotions in Political Thinking


Required

Prejudice, Stereotypes and Intergroup Relations


Required

Attitudes and Persuasion


Required

Biopolitics


Required

Experimental Design


Required

Capstone


Potential electives

Advances in Media Effects


What can I do with a degree in political psychology?

A political psychology graduate degree prepares you for a variety of careers in politics. An advanced understanding of how to influence voters is essential for jobs in political campaigns, grassroots organizations and political parties. The communication skills from this degree could also lead to careers in political marketing or advertising. Graduates from this program are also prepared for jobs in local, state or federal government. Career examples for the political psychology degree include but are not limited to:

Campaign manager

Campaign strategist

Community organizer

Issue advocacy consultant

Political marketing

Legislative aide

Lobbyist

Media strategist

Political analyst

Study the psychology of politics with professionals in the field

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Study the psychology of politics with professionals in the field

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Apply to earn your degree in political psychology

Applicants to the political psychology degree must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

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Study in the School of Politics and Global Studies

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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