Political Science PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


Total Units Required: 18

Course Title
Required courses
POLI_SCI 403-0Introduction to Probability and Statistics 1
POLI_SCI 405-0Linear Models 1
Other courses approved by the Director of Graduate Studies: 16 units

Political Theory students are occasionally exempt from the requirement to take POLI_SCI 403-0 Introduction to Probability and Statistics and POLI_SCI 405-0 Linear Models.

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Research Paper Requirement: Scholarly paper in first or second year
  • Second Field RequirementFive courses in a student's second field, or optional qualifying examination
  • Examination: One written qualifying examination in student's first field; optional examination in student's second field
  • Prospectus: Dissertation research design presented during the quarter after passing the qualifying examination
  • Final Evaluations: Oral defense of dissertation
  • Other: Teaching requirement begins in second year in an undergraduate course