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Political Science & Government Schools in Virginia

1,732 Political Science students earned their degrees in the state in 2018-2019.

A Political Science & Government major is the 16th most popular major in this state.

Education Levels of Political Science & Government Majors in Virginia

Political Science majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,633
Master’s Degree 89
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 8
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 8
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 2
Post-Master’s Certificate 2

Gender Distribution

In Virginia, a political science major is more popular with men than with women.

Political Science & Government Majors in VA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of political science majors in Virginia is as follows:

  • Asian: 3.8%
  • Black or African American: 11.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.7%
  • White: 63.5%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.9%
  • Other Races: 10.4%
Political Science & Government Majors in VA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Political Science & Government Grads in Virginia

20,820 people in the state and 515,790 in the nation are employed in jobs related to political science.

Political Science & Government Jobs Nationwide vs. VA

Wages for Political Science & Government Jobs in Virginia

A typical salary for a political science grad in the state is $126,080, compared to a typical salary of $115,590 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 36 colleges in Virginia that offer political science degrees. Learn about the most popular 11 below:

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg
209 Degrees in Major Awarded
83% Graduation Rate
34,683 Total Students

This public school has an average net price of $20,964. Of all the students who attend this school, 67% get financial aid. Graduates earn an average $48,000 after graduation.

191 Degrees in Major Awarded
62% Graduation Rate
30,697 Total Students

The average student takes 4.52 years to complete their degree at VCU. 81% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. The full-time teacher rate is 62%.

185 Degrees in Major Awarded
90% Graduation Rate
8,817 Total Students

80% of the teachers are full time. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $43,900 after earning their degree at this institution. A typical student attending William & Mary will pay a net price of $16,383.

177 Degrees in Major Awarded
69% Graduation Rate
37,316 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $44,900 after earning their degree at this institution. 52% of the teachers are full time. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

#5

Liberty University

Lynchburg
140 Degrees in Major Awarded
49% Graduation Rate
79,152 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 39% are considered full time. 97% of students get financical aid. Graduates earn an average $32,100 after graduation.

121 Degrees in Major Awarded
93% Graduation Rate
24,639 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 1.50% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 95% are considered full time. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

#7

James Madison University

Harrisonburg
109 Degrees in Major Awarded
83% Graduation Rate
21,751 Total Students

Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 63% of students receive it. The student loan default rate is 2.30% which is lower than average.

80 Degrees in Major Awarded
70% Graduation Rate
4,957 Total Students

Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $38,200 a year. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 74% of students receive it.

54 Degrees in Major Awarded
91% Graduation Rate
2,223 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 1.30% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. Of all the students who attend this school, 64% get financial aid. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $49,900 a year.

53 Degrees in Major Awarded
53% Graduation Rate
24,176 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.61 years to graduate. The 6.90% student loan default rate is lower than average. 93% of students are awarded financial aid at this school.

#10

University of Richmond

University of Richmond
53 Degrees in Major Awarded
88% Graduation Rate
4,002 Total Students

65% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $46,900 a year. An average student at URichmond will pay a net price of $25,911.

Political Science & Government Careers in VA

Some of the careers political science majors go into include:

Job Title VA Job Growth VA Median Salary
Economics Professors 15% $92,790
Political Science Professors 14% $0
Managers 11% $130,590
Economists 7% $122,230
Political Scientists 3% $141,340

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to political science.

Major Annual Graduates in VA
General Social Sciences 1,610
Economics 1,465
International Relations & Security 1,081
Sociology 888
Criminology 351
Geography & Cartography 342
Anthropology 220
Urban Studies 71

View all majors related to Political Science & Government

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