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

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 10, 2018 (Fall 2019)

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


Online Statement of Purpose, only; 1500 word limit.


Not required

Contact Info

Website http://polisci.ucsd.edu
Email psgradadmissions@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 301 SSB
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