UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Political Science

Department of Political Science
Division of Social Sciences
Ellison Hall 3838
Telephone: (805) 893-3432
Undergraduate e-mail: Advising@polsci.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: polsgrad@polsci.ucsb.edu
Website: www.polsci.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Kathleen Bruhn

Graduate Program

The Department of Political Science offers five fields of study: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and politics of the environment 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 an M.A. /Ph.D. doctoral program. For details see the statement of requirements below. The Department does not accept students whose primary degree objective is an M.A. 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—Political Science (Requirements - PDF)

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: Black Studies, 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.