Careers in Political Science

What is life like after graduation for a Fordham Political Science Major?


Employment by sector

Political Science majors traditionally enjoy careers in law, government, diplomacy, campaign management, media, public advocacy, and public policy. For those who enter the private sector, the rewards are many as well.*

Financial Footing

Your Political Science degree will also put you on solid financial footing. Majors earn median annual salaries ($57,800) that are 11% higher than the median salaries of all college graduates.*

Top 5 Occupations in Political Science* (Full-Time Employees, BA Degree only)Average Annual Salary

Managers, Executives, and Administrators


Insurance, Securities, Real Estate, and Business Services


Sales Occupations, Including Retail


Other Management-Related Occupations


Artists, Broadcasters, Writers, Editors, Entertainers, and Public Relations Specialists


Total Average Annual Salary


Advanced Degrees

In addition to establishing a firm financial footing, more than half of all Political Science majors go on to earn advanced degrees. Of those who earn graduate degrees…

  • 25% earn a law degree (JD or LLM)
  • 25% earn a Master’s in a business-related field
  • 16% earn a Master’s in Political Science
  • 12% earn a Master’s in Public Administration
  • 4% earn a PhD (40% of these are in Political Science)

Since 2010, Fordham Political Science majors have garnered 7 Fulbright Fellowships and a host of other highly-competitive awards and fellowships allowing them to travel, study, and conduct research around the world. Political science majors also go on to top-ranked graduate programs, including:

  • American University
  • Cambridge University (U.K.)
  • Carnegie-Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • London School of Economics and Politics
  • New York University
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • Trinity College (Dublin)
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Southern California

*Source: College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs, Third Edition (St. Paul, MN: JIST Publishing, 2012). Data reflect national figures for the United States.