Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program are invited from students who have completed an undergraduate politics major or who have demonstrated excellence in some related discipline (e.g., sociology, economics, history, anthropology, or philosophy). However, the Politics Department will be particularly interested in evidence of outstanding achievement in any rigorous field and the promise of originality of thought.

Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s statement of purpose (500-1000) words, transcripts of undergraduate work (and previous graduate-level work, if any), scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

The writing sample should be a piece of your scholarly written work, one that represents your best research and capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry. The work need not be in the area of politics, but should reveal an ability to address abstract issues and formulate and investigate precise hypotheses. This may be a term paper, thesis, article, or conference paper, and ideally should be about the typical length of such pieces (15-50 double-spaced pages).

The Politics Department does not admit students who are seeking a Master's Degree.

Application Procedure

All applications are submitted online through the Graduate Division web site. Only when all the application materials are received, along with the application fee, will your application be reviewed.

The Graduate Division's web site also contains a great deal of helpful information on topics of interest to UCSC graduate students, such as application deadline, registration, fees, tuition, financial support and housing.