Doctor of Philosophy - Political Science

About

The Department of Political Science offers a general Ph.D. degree with concentrations in American Politics (including public policy and public law), Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Beyond mastering the substantive content in these fields of study and developing their own research agendas, students are expected to develop a strong understanding of the tools and approaches central to the scientific study of politics. The program requires students to complete 60 credits beyond the Bachelor of Arts or 48 credits beyond the Master of Arts. The program seeks to prepare students for both academic and non-academic careers. The former includes academic positions at colleges and universities, and the latter includes employment with public, private, and non-profit organizations and institutions. It is expected that the students will complete the program in five to six years.

Available Options

  • Post-Bachelor’s - American Politics Track
  • Post-Bachelor’s – Comparative Politics Track
  • Post-Bachelor’s – International Relations Track
  • Post-Bachelor’s - Political Theory Track
  • Post-Master’s - American Politics Track
  • Post-Master’s – Comparative Politics Track
  • Post-Master’s – International Relations Track
  • Post-Master’s - Political Theory Track

Accreditation

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  • To prepare students for job opportunities in higher education and the private sector.
  • To develop advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge in the major fields of Political Science.
  • To allow students to acquire the appropriate research skills to engage in high quality original scholarship.
  • To develop the ability to write competent, sophisticated research publishable in peer-reviewed outlets.

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Doctor of Philosophy - Political Science

Post-Bachelor’s - American Politics Track

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Graduate Coordinator

Christian Jensen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator

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Department of Political Science

Faculty in the political science department cover a broad range of specialties including American politics, public policy, public law, political theory, comparative politics, and international politics.

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