Political Science and International Affairs - Joint Program

Political Science and International Affairs (PS76)

The PhD in Political Science and International Affairs is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by The School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) and the Department of Political Science. Combining analytical skills of political science with political economy, institutional analysis, policy analysis (especially economic policy) and regional training, this program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, or as international affairs researchers and specialists in policy analysis.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences

Applicants must declare a primary field of either International Policy Analysis or Comparative Policy Analysis.

Department Political Science and International Affairs - Joint Program
Major Political Science and International Affairs
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

The number of students admitted to this program is small and therefore very selective. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will need to show substantial strengths in other areas to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines December 2, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE Subject Test is recommended.

GRE scores for Fall 2022 admission are optional.
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)

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit a language score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose


Statement of Purpose should include:

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.



Contact Info

Website http://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
University of California, San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519