Political Science

Political Science (PS75)

The Department of Political Science was founded in 1974 and currently has over 40 faculty members and 11 adjunct faculty who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds, methodologies, and approaches. Ours is a young department and yet it has skyrocketed to prominence among political science departments in the United States. The most recent National Academy of Sciences study ranks us among the top ten graduate programs in political science in the country.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Specializations

American Politics; Comparative Politics; International Relations; Methodology; Political Theory

Department Political Science
Major Political Science
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Masters degree may be awarded to PS75 students after fulfillment of the appropriate requirements.

Application Deadlines December 2, 2020 (Fall 2021)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Three (3) letters of recommendation required. Only online letters are accepted.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Online Statement of Purpose, only; 1500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://polisci.ucsd.edu
Email psgradadmissions@ucsd.edu
Campus Office Social Sciences Building 301
Phone (858) 534-2705
Fax (858) 534-7130
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Department of Political Science
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0521
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0521

Political Science/International Affairs (PS33)

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of International Affairs is a five-year combined degree program offered by the School of Global Policy and Strategy along with UC San Diego's undergraduate International Studies Program (ISP). The program is open only to ISP-Political Science majors at UC San Diego. Prior to submitting your application, you must meet with an academic advisor in the International Studies Program Office to ensure you are eligible to apply. Application materials must be uploaded or postmarked received by April 10.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Program Overview The BA/MIA program is open only to Political Science majors who have completed four (4) required lower division courses; at least one year of a GPS language or can show the ability to meet the MIA requirement of sixth quarter proficiency by the end of the graduate year; and nine (9) upper division Political Science courses—two in International Political Economy, two in American Politics, two in either International Relations or Comparative Politics, and three electives—chosen from prescribed lists.
Specializations

Career tracks are designed for students to acquire expertise in a functional area of their choice and consist of five courses from a prescribed list: two required and three electives. Students will choose one of the following career tracks:

International Economics
International Environmental Governance
International Development and Nonprofit Management
International Management
International Politics

Students will choose one of the following country/regional specializations:
China
Japan
Korea
Latin America
Southeast Asia

Students must also complete or show ability of sixth quarter proficiency in a language that matches their regional/country specialization.

Department Political Science
Major Political Science/International Affairs
Degree B.A./M.I.A. (current UCSD students only)
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines April 10, 2021 (Fall 2022)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Language Tests are not required for international applicants - they meet the criteria based on coursework completed at UCSD by the time they apply to the BA/.MIA.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 2 recommendations required.

In Lieu of a letter of recommendation, recommenders may opt to complete the rubric on the application.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Statement of Purpose has no word limit, and can include the following information:

Your research interests and/or professional objectives in international affairs
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

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