23411 USD/year
23411 USD/year
6869 USD/year
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The Department of Political Science at University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers a general Ph.D. degree with concentrations in American Politics (including public policy and public law), Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.

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Beyond mastering the substantive content in these fields of study and developing their own research agendas, students are expected to develop a strong understanding of the tools and approaches central to the scientific study of politics. The program requires students to complete 60 credits beyond the Bachelor of Arts or 48 credits beyond the Master of Arts. 

The Political Science program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas seeks to prepare students for both academic and non-academic careers. The former includes academic positions at colleges and universities, and the latter includes employment with public, private, and non-profit organizations and institutions. It is expected that the students will complete the program in five to six years.

Learning Outcomes

  • To prepare students for job opportunities in higher education and the private sector.
  • To develop advanced theoretical and methodological knowledge in the major fields of Political Science.
  • To allow students to acquire the appropriate research skills to engage in high quality original scholarship.
  • To develop the ability to write competent, sophisticated research publishable in peer-reviewed outlets.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American National Government: Principles
  • American National Government: Structure and Processes
  • Advanced Studies in American Politics
  • Comparative Political Behavior
  • International Political Economy

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
160 (verbal)
148 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must submit satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. The recommended score is a total of 160 on the verbal and 148 on the quantitative sections. We also pay attention to the analytical score. The applicant's undergraduate record is examined in conjunction with the GRE scores. The former is weighed more heavily than the latter: an outstanding undergraduate record may well allow the admission of an applicant with GRE scores somewhat below the recommended level.
  • Applicants must possess a B.A. or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.30, or M.A. or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.50. Under special circumstances the department may consider applicants with lower GPAs.

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Living costs for Las Vegas

880 - 1430 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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