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  Sep 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Political Science, Ph.D.


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Political Science
www.poli-sci.utah.edu
332 South 1400 East, Bldg 73 Rm 223, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
801-581-7031

Minimum Doctorate Hours: 48

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
  • A 500 word Letter of Intent, including areas of interest.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Academic writing sample.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Two consecutive semesters of full-time (9+ credit hours) course work required.
  • Continuous registration (3 credit hours minimum) from the time of formal admission through completion of program required.
  • Complete of a minimum of 48 credit hours of approved graduate course work.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Political Science Doctorate Requirements


Major and Minor Field Requirements


(Courses are offered in five fields listed below. Students must designate one of these fields as a major field and a second as a minor field)

American Politics


Comparative Politics


Major Field

(Complete 4 courses)

Minor Field

(Complete 3 courses)

International Relations


Major Field

(Complete 4 courses)

Political Theory


Major Field

(Complete 4 courses)

Minor Field

(Complete 3 courses)

Public Administration


Breadth Requirement


Students must complete one field seminar in a third field as part of their graduate program to expand the breadth of their knowledge. The field seminar will be chosen in consultation with the student’s chair.

Comprehensive Examinations


Students must pass comprehensive examinations in their major and minor fields of study after the completion of their course work. Students must complete a minimum of nine political science graduate courses (27 semester hours) at the University of Utah prior to taking the comprehensive examinations. A comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral examinations and students must pass the written examinations in both their major and minor fields before proceeding to the oral examination conducted by the supervisory committee. Students are required to complete their comprehensive exams in one semester. PhD students must take their comprehensive examinations within two regular semesters (one calendar year) of completing their political science course work. Students who fail to complete their comprehensive exams within one calendar year will be notified by the Graduate Director that they must sit for the written comprehensive exams in their major and minor fields at the next regularly scheduled date offered by the department. If the student does not take the written comprehensive exams as scheduled by the Graduate Director, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program, unless the student provides a formal explanation that is accepted by the Graduate Committee. In accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School, students who fail a comprehensive exam must re-take that exam within one year and must pass the exam or be dismissed from the graduate program.

Dissertation Requirement


Students must successfully defend a written dissertation proposal in an oral exam conducted by their supervisory committee within two regular semesters (one calendar year) of having passed their comprehensive examinations. Students must successfully defend their completed written dissertation in a public defense conducted by their supervisory committee within six regular semesters (three calendar years) of completing their comprehensive examinations (an extension of up to two regular semesters can be granted by the supervisory committee). Students must register for a minimum of 14 semester hours of dissertation credit.

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