12 months
12852 USD/year
12852 USD/year
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The Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers five fields of study: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and politics of the environment as well as one non-examination field, methodology.


Program Details

Are democracies with only two political parties more representative than those with many parties? How can governments respect diverse ethnic, racial, and religious identities, and still promote bonds of common citizenship? What should be the role of the United States in an increasingly interdependent global economy? These are the types of questions that political scientists explore, but they also represent issues that require ordinary citizens to make informed judgments. 

At the University of California, Santa Barbara We offer a master degree in Political Science. 

Programme Structure

  • Political Philosophy
  • Comparative Politics
  • American, Government and Politics
  • Research in Political Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Department of Political Science offers an M.A. /Ph.D. doctoral program. For details see the statement of requirements below. The Department does not accept students whose primary degree objective is an M.A. 
  • In addition to departmental admission requirements, applicants must also meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of this catalog.

Tuition Fee

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    12852 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12852 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Santa Barbara

1640 - 2480 USD /month
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