U.S. News & World Report has once again named graduate schools and programs at the University of California San Diego among the best in the nation. Released today, the 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings gave high marks to the campus’s graduate education in political science and the Jacobs School of Engineering, among other professional schools and programs on campus.
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Our department combines world-class research with an innovative and intensive approach to teaching undergraduates and PhD students.
Founded in 1974, we are by far the youngest of the globe’s top departments – we are rated as the #7 program by the National Research Council, #9 by US News and World Report, and #6 in the London School of Economics and Political Science rankings.
UC San Diego Political Science took its place among our ivy-covered peers not by following their traditions but carving out our own paths, helping to change the way that our discipline approaches the study of the political world.
We bring the same passion for non-tradition into our classrooms, where we try to provide our students with courses on subjects they never knew existed, assignments that challenge them to perform professional-level work, and research tools they can use to explore their own questions.
We offer a general political science major along with seven areas of concentration - American politics, comparative politics, data analytics, international relations, political theory, public law, and public policy.
Our full-time doctoral program is consistently recognized as one of the top ten programs in the nation. 15-20 new graduate students enter the program each year, spending an average of five years earning the PhD.