California PhD Political Science Programs
Doctoral students in a political science Ph.D. program work to advance the body of knowledge in the discipline. Students in a Ph.D. program in political science will undertake extensive research and conduct experiments to work towards developing new theories or applications of political theory.
Students should consider their goals in selecting a political science doctorate program – whether you are interested in starting a career in university level teaching and research or whether you wish to apply your knowledge and skills in the public or private sectors outside academia. Different programs may offer different advantages such as a small student to faculty ratio, the opportunity to teach, or faculty who share your research interests.
Most PhDs in Political Science are going to be campus-based programs. You can use our directory to search for programs in a particular city, state or open your search to the world. If you find that your goals don’t require the level of investment of a doctoral degree, you may want to consider a masters in political science or start with a graduate certificate to explore certain areas of interest.
- Claremont, CAClaremont, CA
Claremont Graduate University
The Department of Politics and Policy weaves broad theoretical concerns about politics and political values with more focused questions of applied policy analysis. The purpose is to prepare students for a variety of careers in university teaching, non-p...
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
University of Southern California
The graduate program in political science has developed special strengths in five areas: (1) American politics and policy processes--the presidency, Congress, Supreme Court, parties, ethnic politics, political behavior, mass media, campaign finance and...
- Davis, CADavis, CA
University of California - Davis
Areas of specialization include American government and politics, comparative politics, international relations, methodology, political theory, and public law. Ph.D. candidates must attain competency in a minimum of three fields; an "open" field may be...
- Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara, CA
University of California - Santa Barbara
- La Jolla, CALa Jolla, CA
University of California - San Diego
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
University of California - Los Angeles
- Irvine, CAIrvine, CA
University of California, Irvine
The program of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. in Political Science at UCI is offered through the Department of Political Science in the School of...
- Riverside, CARiverside, CA
University of California - Riverside
The Graduate Political Science Program at the University of California, Riverside prepares students for research and teaching in academic institutions. The Department offers a small, research-oriented program. We are particularly well suited to train pe...
- Santa Cruz, CASanta Cruz, CA
University of California - Santa Cruz
- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
University of California - Berkeley
- Merced, CAMerced, CA
University of California - Merced
UC Merced’s PhD program in Political Science is distinctive in a number of ways.Rather than traditional subfields, our program offers two concentrations for training and research: Political Institutions/Political Economy and Political Cognition & Behavior...