Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Political Science (36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
- PhD in Political Science (90 cr) with optional specialization:
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- American Politics
- Comparative Politics
- Human Rights and Security
- International Relations
- Political Theory
- Public Policy
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Political Science
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- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Writing sample (a college term paper, research report, or essay)
- Statement of purpose
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Political Science
- For Financial Consideration: May 1 for Fall. October 15 for Spring.
- Otherwise: Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Graduate study in the Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity to work directly with nationally and internationally known scholar-teachers in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political theory. Students in the program have close working relationships with faculty and receive quality training for careers in academia, government, the nonprofit sector, and business. Graduate students often collaborate with faculty on research and jointly publish articles in national journals and present at conferences together.
The department is actively involved in several interdepartmental initiatives: ethnic studies; human rights and humanitarian affairs (an interdepartmental area of specialization which examines the diversity of the human condition and human rights issues), the Nebraska Public Policy Center (which seeks to facilitate research and analysis for policy issues important to Nebraskans), the Sorenson Forum (which addresses the difficulties of finding able people who will enter public life), the Gallup Research Center, and the Preparing Future Faculty Program. The department also offers a certificate in public policy analysis and program evaluation.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Sociology of Mass Media; Political Sociology
Modern European Philosophy; Modern Jewish Thought; Spinoza; Anti-Semitism, Political Theory; Israel and Modern Jewish IdentityDirector, Harris Center for Judaic Studies
Judicial Politics; Constitutional Law; Black Politics; Urban Politics
Public Opinion; Political Parties; Interest GroupsEmeritus
Human Rights; International RelationsEmeritus
Judicial Process; Constitutional Law; Civil Liberties; Criminal Justice
Social Psychology; Social Cognitive Neuroscience; Tolerance, Stereotyping, and Prejudice
Legislative Politics; Public Opinion; Evolutionary Psychology in Politics
International Relations; Human Rights
Comparative Politics; International Relations
Comparative Politics; World Politics; Methodology
Political Theory; International Relations
International Security; Comparative Politics; International Relations
International Security; International Relations Theory; Formal/Quantitative Methods; Research Design/Political Analysis; Comparative Politics; South Asia
Water Resources Policy and Governance; Science-Policy Interface; Comparative Environmental Policy
International Relations; Comparative Politics; MethodologyGraduate Chair
Public Policy; Public Administration; American Politics
Public policy and administration.Emeritus
Political Psychology; Public Opinion; Political Behavior
American Government; Political Behavior; Race and Ethnicity; Comparative