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Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs


The Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs is a joint program with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science.

This program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, or as international affairs researchers and specialists in policy analysis.

The Curriculum

The program builds on the considerable strength that each unit possesses and offers a unique focus within both disciplines within the context of the Pacific region. 

The program has a required first-year curriculum offered by the Department of Political Science. In the first year, students will focus on coursework in politics and research methods. During the second year, students begin to focus their coursework on their chosen area of research, completing the 18 required courses for advancement to candidacy. In addition, candidates are expected to finish a seminar paper and sit for their general comprehensive exam.

Learn more about the curricular plan for the program.

IR/PS adheres to all University of California policies and procedures regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. For more information, please visit the UC San Diego Office of Graduate Studies