Political science students gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities valued in a wide spectrum of professional fields.
A bachelor’s degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for polling firms in D.C., national and local elected officials, large companies like Microsoft, or pursue graduate study at prestigious institutions such as Oxford, the University of California–San Diego and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The Political Science PhD program prepares students to pursue research and/or academic positions in higher education. The MA program introduces students to advanced topics in political science, which often leads to careers in politics, law, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, public service or research fields.
“I find that the training that I received in the Department of Political Science has been of great value, especially when dealing with experts, as well as understanding many dynamics in litigation that are largely overlooked by lawyers who were not trained in any scientific discipline. I also believe that the high expectations in the department for quality writing has proved to be invaluable, and indeed was higher than expected in law school. Needless to say, I appreciate the education that I received at UB.”
– Andrew Kennedy, MA in Political Science
A. Many factors contribute to a political scientist's earning potential. For the most recent salary figures, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Our alumni have found successful careers near and far! Meet some of our recent graduates: