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Political Science, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Buffalo, NY, United States
The Department of Political Science is home to a dynamic faculty, devoted to studying political phenomena at all levels of interest to our graduate students, including local, state, national, and international issues. 
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Our program is oriented to the scientific study of politics of all types. Whether our graduate students seek to study international relations, American politics, public law or foreign political systems, UB's Department of Political Science is committed satisfying student interests in each of these areas.

The UB Department of Political Science is a tight-knit, research-oriented and collegial community. We offer both undergraduate and graduate students the exceptional opportunity to work closely with world-class faculty and gain hands-on experience in a globally significant discipline. 

The award-winning Political Science faculty boast extensive records of producing high-impact, theoretically and methodologically rigorous research. In recent years, our faculty have authored or co-authored over 20 books while publishing many more edited, text or reference books, book chapters and articles in scholarly journals.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • Graduate Research Methods
  • Basic Statistics for Social Science
  • Intermediate Statistics for Social Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

  • A master's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.
  • A B-grade or higher from your master's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.
  • Appropriate standardized test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12270 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    12270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12270 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    3435 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3435 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Buffalo

  • 920 - 1560 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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