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Why Pursue a Master's or Ph.D. in Political Science at the U?

Political Science is an exciting and highly topical field.  Whether you are analyzing voting patterns in a presidential election or debating pros and cons of International interventions or democracy building efforts, political science is fascinating and continually changing. Study and engage with faculty and graduate students from across the United States and from countries as diverse as Turkey, Japan, China, and Kuwait. In addition to Research and Teaching Assistantships, the department encourages graduate students to take advantage of our close ties with the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and the American West Center at the University of Utah.

Our graduate students have entered careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.  

Degree Offerings

M.A. / M.S. in Political Science

M.A. / M.S. students pursue coursework in two fields of study and complete a master's thesis or master's essay. 

Ph.D. in Political Science

Ph.D. students select a major and minor field of study upon application to the program. In addition to field coursework requirements, students must complete coursework in Quantitative Analysis, Research Design, and either Qualitative and Interpretive Methods or Advanced Quantitative Analysis. 


Student Life

Located next to downtown Salt Lake City, the University of Utah boasts an energizing student experience that offers a vibrant mix of dining, arts and music venues. Political science students are especially rewarded - the Utah State Capitol is just minutes away from campus. 

The Graduate School has put together several resources for students considering the University of Utah. 

Political science graduate students can be found throughout the day teaching, researching, reading in the graduate student reading lounge, or attending one of the many symposia and guest speaking events available weekly across the campus. In addition, the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) regularly coordinates meetings, outings, and other get-togethers to facilitate collaboration and help graduate students take a break. 

Interested in learning more about student life at the University of Utah? Contact a member of the Political Science GSAC.

Last Updated: 3/8/18