Master of Arts in Applied Politics

Suffolk’s Master’s in Applied Politics (MAAP) program focuses on the American political system, electoral and advocacy campaigns, and public policy. We provide a foundation of knowledge in how to access and influence the political process.


You will build practical skills that are vital to success for a political or policy professional. Our location, at the nexus of federal, state, and local government, combined with our extensive alumni network, enables you to broaden your professional connections, expand your network and take the next step to advance your career.

A Political Science Degree That Enhances Your Expertise

This program’s experience-driven approach, including a required internship, will enhance your understanding of the political and policy landscape and provide valuable skills transferable to a wide variety of professional positions. You will graduate ready to take up high-impact professional roles in areas like campaign management, consulting, lobbying, interest group management, government relations, elective office, and policy research and advocacy.

View the MAAP curriculum

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk (2021-2022)

Per Semester Rate Per Credit Rate
$16,080 $1,340

MAAP Program Overview

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Spring Semester: December 1 (International Applicants), January 4 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling
Learn more about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement (essay)
  • Two letters of recommendation (learn more)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)

View details about application materials required.

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer merit-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $14,750 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

"We developed this program to have its feet in both the academic world and in the world of the practitioner. It's great for people who recently graduated and work in state or municipal government or the nonprofit and non-governmental sector and want to take it to the next level."
Brian Conley, PhD Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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During the MAAP program, I completed an independent study focused on the United States’ housing crisis. It was during this course that I found my passion and cemented my interests in the policy areas of housing, education, and health care. I found mentorship through my professors who have been there for me throughout my academic journey. And I found a community with my fellow graduate students. This is also one of the reasons why I like Suffolk so much—the small classes gave us a sense of community and collaboration. The program allowed me to improve my understanding of policy and politics, and helped me find my current role working for the City of Boston.

Sabrina Ng, MAAP ’20 Program Assistant for the Affirmative Marketing Program, City of Boston - Department of Neighborhood Development