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Associate’s Degrees in Political Science & Government

2,020 Yearly Graduations
$29,300 Median Salary
$10,574 Median Debt
An associate's degree in political science is offered at 179 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 64 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.9% of political science graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Political Science Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,020 associate's degrees were awarded to political science majors. This earns it the #57 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in political science at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 41,811
Associate’s Degree 2,020
Master’s Degree 1,984
Doctor’s Degree 783
Basic Certificate 225
Graduate Certificate 129
Undergraduate Certificate 83

Earnings of Political Science Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in political science is $29,300. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $29,300 to a high of $29,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in political science is $10,574. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $10,574 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $10,574.

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The median monthly payment of a political science graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $110.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in political science. About 52.0% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,050
Women 970
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Political Science

The racial-ethnic distribution of political science associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 171
Black or African American 81
Hispanic or Latino 915
White 645
International Students 59
Other Races/Ethnicities 149
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Political Science Associate's Degree Students

There are 179 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in political science. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
129 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Monica College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 27,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 129 people received their associate's degree in political science from SMC. Of these students, 53% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
73 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Diablo Valley College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in political science. Each year, around 19,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 associate's degrees were handed out to political science majors at Diablo Valley. About 44% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, California
60 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles Pierce College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in political science. Each year, around 18,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 people received their associate's degree in political science from Pierce College. Of these students, 43% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California
55 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mt. San Antonio College. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The political science program at Mt. San Antonio College awarded 55 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 93% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, California
48 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Barbara City College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in political science. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The political science program at Santa Barbara City College awarded 48 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

#6

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
42 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is College of the Canyons. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. The political science program at College of the Canyons awarded 42 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

El Camino College

Torrance, California
41 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is El Camino College. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The political science program at El Camino College awarded 41 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 37% of this group were women, and 80% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
39 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Long Beach City College. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their associate's degree in political science from Long Beach City College. Of these students, 41% were women and 90% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
39 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pasadena City College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in political science. Roughly 26,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their associate's degree in political science from Pasadena City College. About 36% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California
38 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Orange Coast College. Each year, around 20,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 associate's degrees were handed out to political science majors at Orange Coast College. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#11

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California
37 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saddleback College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in political science. Roughly 19,700 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 associate's degrees were handed out to political science majors at Saddleback College. Of these students, 27% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
36 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Bakersfield College. Roughly 26,300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 associate's degrees were handed out to political science majors at Bakersfield College. Of these students, 50% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
35 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moorpark College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in political science. Roughly 14,200 attend the school each year. The political science program at Moorpark College awarded 35 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

#14

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
34 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fullerton College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in political science. Roughly 22,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their associate's degree in political science from Fullerton College. About 50% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Sacramento City College

Sacramento, California
34 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Sacramento City College. Roughly 20,800 attend the school each year. The political science program at Sacramento City College awarded 34 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 50% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

De Anza College

Cupertino, California
34 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for political science majors who are seeking their associate's degree is De Anza College. Each year, around 18,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The political science program at De Anza College awarded 34 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#17

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, California
33 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego Mesa College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in political science. Roughly 20,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their associate's degree in political science from San Diego Mesa College. Of these students, 45% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
33 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in political science. Roughly 36,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their associate's degree in political science from East Los Angeles College. About 52% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Cabrillo College

Aptos, California
29 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cabrillo College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in political science. Roughly 11,000 attend the school each year. The political science program at Cabrillo College awarded 29 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 52% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Santiago Canyon College

Orange, California
28 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santiago Canyon College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in political science. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their associate's degree in political science from SCC. Around 79% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to political science that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Social Sciences 12,003
Sociology 5,523
Economics 2,228
Anthropology 940
Geography & Cartography 339

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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