Political Science

http://www.pol.illinois.edu

Head of the Department: Robert Pahre
Director of Graduate Studies: Jeffery Mondak
420 David Kinley Hall
1407 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-3881 voice
(217) 244-5712 fax
E-mail: gradpol@illinois.edu

Major: Political Science
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Graduate Concentrations: Civic Leadership (M.A. only), African American Studies (available to all)

Major: Public Administration
Degrees Offered: M.A.

Joint Degree Program: Political Science and Law
Degrees Offered: M.A. with Civic Leadership concentration and J.D.

Joint Degree Program: Political Science and Law
Degrees Offered: Ph.D. and J.D.

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Political Science offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. Students are not admitted to the master's degree program in Political Science, except for the Civic Leadership concentration. The department is not accepting applications to the Public Administration program.

Admission

Admission to the Ph.D. Program

The Graduate College admission requirements apply. The student should have a minimum of 20 hours of undergraduate work in political science and cognate disciplines such as economics, psychology, finance, sociology, or history. All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a personal statement, and an example of written work. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the TOEFL iBT or IELTS score. The Ph.D. program typically admits students for the fall semester.  Application deadline is December 15th.

Admission to the Master of Arts with Concentration in Civic Leadership

Admission is restricted to students who were accepted to the Civic Leadership Program as undergraduates at the University of Illinois. Application deadline is December 15. Applicants who wish to obtain a joint MA-JD degree program must apply separately for admission to the Law School.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program and is essential for students whose career goals include college teaching.

Financial Aid

Students accepted into the department's Ph.D. program are eligible to apply for financial aid. Most incoming students with good credentials and continuing students demonstrating satisfactory progress will receive some type of financial aid, but the type and amount will vary. The Department of Political Science provides, on a competitive basis, aid packages up to $22,000, plus waivers of tuition and some fees. Financial aid is usually a combination of fellowship money and assistantships. Limited amounts of aid are also available for dissertation field research, internships, and the presentation of papers at professional meetings.

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

The course of study leading to a Ph.D. in Political Science requires a minimum of three years of full-time study, culminating in the successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. A minimum of 96 graduate hours of academic credit is required, 32 of which may be graduate hours of dissertation research. At least 64 of the 96 graduate hours must be taken in residence. A grade of B or better is required in all courses.

In addition to meeting Graduate College requirements, the Department of Political Science requires that students complete a "scope and methods" sequence, acquire proficiency in analytic skills, and demonstrate expertise in several subfields within the discipline. The progress of doctoral candidates is monitored at various points in the program. In addition to an interim evaluation, students must pass a set of qualifying examinations and present a dissertation proposal. Once the doctoral dissertation is completed, the candidate must successfully complete an oral final defense.

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

Tools of Inquiry: two-course sequence in statistical methods, three additional courses in statistical methods, formal theory or qualitative methods (PS 523 may be taken in partial fulfillment of the Tools of Inquiry requirement, providing it is not also used to satisfy the Scope and Methods requirement). 20
PS 521Phil Bases of Pol Inquiry4
PS 522Research Design and Techniques4
or PS 523 The Comparative Method
Course work in one substantive area of political science20
Course work in a minor area. 8
PS 598Dissertation Design Seminar0
PS 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

Master's Equivalency: Hours of 500 level coursework in PS24-32
Tools of Inquiry: two-course sequence in statistical methods, three additional courses in statistical methods, formal theory or qualitative methods (PS 523 may be taken in partial fulfillment of the Tools of Inquiry requirement, providing it is not also used to satisfy the Scope and Methods requirement). 20
PS 521Phil Bases of Pol Inquiry4
PS 522Research Design and Techniques4
or PS 523 The Comparative Method
Course work in one substantive area of political science20
Course work in a minor area. 8
PS 598Dissertation Design Seminar0
PS 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)32-40
Total Hours96

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0