UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Political Science

Department of Political Science
Division of Social Sciences
Ellison Hall 3834
Telephone: (805) 893-3432
Undergraduate e-mail: polsinfo@polsci.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: polsgrad@polsci.ucsb.edu
Website: www.polsci.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Bruce Bimber

Graduate Program

The Department of Political Science offers four fields of study: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory, as well as one non-examination field, methodology. In addition to departmental requirements, candidates for graduate degrees must fulfill the university requirements described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog.


The Department of Political Science offers two closely related graduate programs: an M.A./Ph.D. program for students who have completed the B.A., and a Ph.D. program for those who come to UCSB with an M.A. from another institution. The department’s Graduate Program Statement offers a detailed explanation of the program. In addition to departmental admission requirements, applicants must also meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog.

Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy—Political Science (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Environment and Society, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Information Technology and Society, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.