University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Political Science


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Political Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Colorado Denver Political Science Department prepares students for a variety of professions by providing them with skills in analysis, communication and organization. The program incorporates historical, quantitative, experimental, ethnographic, psychological, and creative methodologies while aiming to sensitize students to the essential questions of politics and life. Our graduates are teachers, community organizers, professors, attorneys or public servants in local, state or federal government. Our MA program gives you the option of completing the traditional track or an alternative track centered on the study on politics, public policy and leadership. ​​


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Multiple tracks available
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Specialized training
  • Award winning faculty
  • Thesis, Project or Portfolio options as capstone task


Specialized Training in: human rights, legal studies, gender politics, race and ethnic politics, European studies, indigenous politics, urban politics, foreign policy analysis, immigration and Middle East politics

Financial Support: There are a limited number of scholarships including Beeks Scholarship and the Matson Study Abroad Scholarship.

Applications: Applications are due by May 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring), April 1 (Summer).

Career paths of graduates: Our graduate student alumni have gone on to PhD programs across the country and work in a variety of positions including state and local elected offices, government service, directors of community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations, legislative analysts, UN affiliates, lobbyists, teachers, media analysts and political consultants. 

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 33

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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