Graduate Overview

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Photo: Troy Wachala

Graduate programs in the Department of Political Science have been designed to provide a thorough grounding in the intellectual and analytical traditions and practices of the discipline. With the opportunity to specialize or pursue a joint JD degree, students prepare to enter an increasingly-complex global political arena. 

Student Testimonials

"Being at UB Political Science was the best decision I ever made. Anyone with a penchant for political science, looking for a well-balanced, inclusive, rigorous political science program with accomplished and helpful faculty, this is the place for them." – Chhandosi Roy, PhD student

Graduate Programs

Claude Welch teaching.

The PhD prepares students for careers in education and research at the university level. Our graduates are professors, writers, advocates and leaders in their fields.

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The MA serves diverse purposes related to intellectual development, preparing students for doctoral study or government, political and advocacy careers.

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Along with the UB School of Law, the department offers a combined PhD/JD or MA/JD, a collaboration that also established the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy.

Contact Us

513 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8448

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Mary E. O’Brien

521 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3441

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences