Ph.D. in
Political Science


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CONSIDERING A GRADUATE DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE? Consider UCI!

Ranked #24 among all public political science programs in the country (U.S. News & World Report), the UCI graduate program in political science offers students six years of guaranteed funding. Scholars in the department have a proven track record of earning competitive research funding and fellowships from agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation, and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor’s Club fellowships.

 

QUICK FACTS

 

RANKINGS

24

best public political science program in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report

01

university doing most for the American dream
- New York Times College Access Index

01

"coolest school"
- Sierra Club Magazine

07

public university in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report

 

RECENT PLACEMENTS

  • Arizona State University
  • California Polytechnic University
  • Department of Defense
  • Gallup
  • Georgetown
  • Tufts
  • UCLA
  • University of Washington
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Wellesley College

 

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  Graduate students in the UCI political science Ph.D. program can pursue studies in democracy studies, international relations, political economy/games and decisions/public choice, political psychology, and race and ethnic politics.

 

UCI political science faculty publish regularly in top academic journals, and graduate students have ample opportunities to publish alongside them. Faculty and graduate students consistently present research at conferences, universities, and before governmental entities across the globe. Their expert advice is sought by journalists in the national media, lawyers, and policy makers. Members of the faculty have received national and international awards and testified before Congress to impact policy.

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And if that wasn’t enough, the UCI campus is the #7 ranked public university in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report) and the #1 university doing the most for the American dream (New York Times College Access Index).

UCI has a pleasant physical climate, too, located about five miles from Newport Beach.

 

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE?

 

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UCI political scientists explore changing notions of citizenship, strategies aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, impacts of redistricting and voter mobilization on elections and public policy, and contested notions of democracy.

Students select a primary field from among American politics, comparative politics, international relations, or political theory. They select a secondary field from these or from a more specialized area. Examples of secondary fields include critical theory; democracy studies; ethics; methodology and modeling; political economy; political psychology; public law; and race, ethnicity and politics, among others. Faculty actively mentor doctoral students and encourage them to become productive, publishing scholars before completing their graduate studies. Students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D., and are encouraged to enroll in interdisciplinary coursework.

Alumni have entered tenure-track positions at top research universities, highly competitive post-doctoral positions, and research-oriented jobs in both the public and private sectors.
 

"A top 10-ranked program with research strengths in
American and comparative politics,
international relations, and political theory."
 

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - Why UCI Political Science?

 

For Maneesh, who specializes in racialized political messaging, the department and campus as a whole offers a wealth of knowledgeable experts in the field and access to the wider southern California consortium of scholars in race and ethnicity.

"UCI has excellent faculty members - particularly in my area, race and ethnicity. Faculty are supportive of grad students and help make sure we succeed," he says. "The department also offers opportunities to travel to workshops where we can network with other students and faculty while expanding our skill sets."

Scholars in the department - like Maneesh - have a proven track record of earning competitive research funding and fellowships from agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation, and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor's Club fellowships.

 

FURTHER PROGRAM INFORMATION

UCI anthropology is vibrant in many ways! Please contact us if you have questions about our application process.

 

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Jeffrey Kopstein
 kopstein@uci.edu
 949.824.4012

GRADUATE DIRECTOR
Kevin Olson
 kevin.olson@uci.edu
 949.824.8335

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR
Simone Chambers
 sechambe@uci.edu
 949.824.3187

GRADUATE ADVISOR
John Sommerhauser
 jdsommer@uci.edu
 949.824.4074

 

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