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. Students in the Ph.D. program earn a M.A. in political science at the end of the second year in the program. This degree will be awarded following the completion of 30 hours of course work, of which are partial course requirements for the Ph.D., and a successful qualifying paper and defense. The Department does not accept applications for a terminal M.A. in political science.
Requirements for the Ph.D. in political science fall into five major categories: course work, qualifying paper defense, comprehensive examination, prospectus defense, and doctoral dissertation. The satisfactory completion of a total of 42 semester hours of course work and 30 hours of dissertation research is required. First year courses include, Scope and Methods, Introduction to Political Science Data Analysis, and Teaching Political Science. These courses are followed by seminars aligned with a major and minor field of study. Along the way, students are also required to complete a research competency or demonstrate proficiency in a second language, and complete electives outside their major and minor field. Students complete a written and oral comprehensive exam in the third year. Most students begin dissertation research in the second semester of the third year. A successful dissertation prospectus, conducting dissertation research, and completing and defending the dissertation are the final steps for completion of the degree. For further details, please refer to the Ph.D. Requirements section of the graduate webpage for the Department of Political Science.
Carefully review information contained on the Prospective Student 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.
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University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Political Science
Graduate Program Assistant
Ketchum Building, Room 115
Boulder, CO 80309-0333
Phone: (303) 492-7871
Fax: (303) 492-0978