Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Homepage of the Graduate Program in Political Science. The graduate program of the Department of Political Science, a division of the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, provides advanced training in the discipline of political science to students whose career goals include college teaching and advanced research. The Department offers programes for both Master's and Doctoral degrees.

The department is organized into six major subfields: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, quantitative methods, public policy, and public law. Ph.D. Students take comprehensive exams in a major and two minor subfields of their choice. All Ph.D. students must test in American politics. The department has a long history of being quantitatively oriented, and many non-theory students test in quantitative methods. All students in the department must fulfill a requirement in research methods.

Funding is awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.

Recent graduates of the Ph.D. program have obtained teaching positions at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent M.A. graduates have applied their training to advance careers in journalism, business, applied research law, political activism and civil service. Others used the M.A. program to determine whether or not to enter a Ph.D. program in political science.