Graduate Overview

Graduate poli-sci students in class.

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. We strive to create a demographically and ideologically diverse student body within our graduate program. 

For more information on UB’s commitment to diversity please visit the Intercultural and Diversity Center, the Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Center for Diversity Innovation

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The UB College of Arts and Sciences is committed to recruiting the very best PhD students and preparing doctoral students for career success. 

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

Doctoral Program

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.

Master's Program

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

Joint PhD/JD or MA/JD Program

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.

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