University of Colorado - Boulder

College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science


ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D., M.A.

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Political Science Department at the University of Colorado Boulder has a long tradition of excellence in training graduate students. At CU­Boulder, a diverse faculty trains graduate students to conduct original research in the six major areas of political science. The same faculty pursue rigorous research that contributes to theory development in political science and addresses real world challenges.

The department is distinctive for encouraging and supporting collaboration. Recent initiatives crossing traditional subfield lines include environmental ethics and policy, political economy, local politics, comparative judicial institutions, political mobilization and participation, ethnic conflict, emotions and political attitudes, social networks, identity politics and gender. Courses are available in advanced statistical analysis, network analysis, game theory, comparative case study methodology and context-sensitive research methods. To supplement these course offerings, the department encourages­­and provides financial support for­­additional methodological training at summer programs such as ICPSR at the University of Michigan and the program in Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM). In addition, the department provides summer stipends to cover travel related expenses (both international and domestic) for work related to the student’s dissertation and offers financial support for conference attendance and grant writing.

With a wide array of courses in each of the subfields, students can explore their varied interests and discover the topics and methodologies that best suit their skills. There is a long history of faculty­graduate student collaboration on scholarly publications and research proposals as well as collaboration among graduate students on publications.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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