UC Santa Barbara and the Department of Political Science is deeply committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse graduate student cohort and to developing scholarship, leadership, and professionalism of graduate students from all backgrounds including underrepresented minorities, first generation college students, students who identify as LGBTQ, women, veterans, disabled students, or any other students from non-traditional backgrounds.
Our Ph.D. program combines rigorous training in research methods, breadth of coursework across the discipline, and flexibility through a comparatively large set of options for qualifying fields. Beginning in Fall of 2018 an updated set of new requirements will be in effect. In the new requirements, students will train for their first field in a traditional area: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory. For their second field, they may train in another traditional area, in Environmental Politics, the Politics of Identity, or in special cases another subfield. Students also take breadth coursework outside their first and second fields; this may take the form of a third field or a range of courses across fields other than than their first and second.
We welcome applications from highly-qualified prospective students in all areas. If you are considering applying, please feel free to contact the department by email:
Professor Bruce Bimber
Director of Graduate Admissions
Ellison Hall, Room 3708
Application Materials & Deadlines
The APPLICATION DEADLINE is December 14 for the following September. Students are only admitted into the program for Fall Quarter.
All application materials should be submitted via the Graduate Division's Online Application. For department specific information and a link to the online information, please visit the Political Science section of the Graduate Division webpage.
The department requests the following materials (submitted online):
- Transcripts from each college and graduate program attended: Please upload unofficial transcripts online. Originals are sent directly to the Graduate Division, only if admitted and attending.
- Three letters of recommendations
- Official score reports on the Graduate Record Examination GRE (institution code 4835) ***The department is waiving the GRE requirement for the 2021 admissions cycle.
- Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV.
- One writing sample
- TOEFL score for international students
For more information, on applying to a graduate program at UCSB, please visit the Graduate Division's application webpage.
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