The Department of Political Science offers instruction and trains graduate students to conduct original research in six areas of political science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Policy, and Empirical Theory and Methodology.
The Department offers a Master of Arts in Political Science for students enrolled in the Ph.D. program. This degree will be awarded following completion of 30 hours of course work including the core course work requirements for the Ph.D. degree, the two-semester teaching seminar, and successful defense of the Qualifying Research Paper. Students in the Ph.D. program earn a M.A. in Political Science after the completion of a successful qualifying paper and defense at the end of the second year in the program. The Department does not accept applications for a terminal M.A. in political science.
Requirements for the Ph.D. in Political Science fall into four major categories: course work, qualifying paper defense, comprehensive examination, and doctoral dissertation. The satisfactory completion of a total of 42 semester hours of course work and 30 hours of dissertation research is required. For further details, please refer to the Ph.D. Degree Requirements section of the graduate webpage for the Department of Political Science.
Carefully review information contained on the Apply section of the graduate webpage for the Department of Political Science.
Financial support is available to Ph.D. students in the form of teaching and research assistantships, instructorships, and fellowships based on academic excellence.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Political Science
Graduate Program Assistant
Boulder, CO 80309-0333
Phone: (303) 492-7872
Fax: (303) 492-0978