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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. requires 48 total hours of coursework, plus 18 hours of 699 (Dissertation). All students must complete, at UNM, the methodology sequence (POLS 581, 580 and 681), Survey of Political Science as a Discipline and Profession (POLS 582); three pro-seminars (including one in each chosen concentration); two research seminars in their primary concentration and one research seminar in their secondary concentration. Grades of a “B” or higher must be attained in POLS 581 and 580. All core and concentration courses/requirements must be fulfilled before taking the comprehensive exams.

Students who select the methodology concentration must take two additional methodology courses in political science or other disciplines, as approved by the political science graduate advisor, over and above the methodology sequence (581, 580 and 681), and one research seminar employing advanced research methods.

Comprehensive Examinations

Students pursuing a Doctoral Degree at UNM will concentrate on two fields of study, and will take comprehensive, written and oral exams in those two fields. In addition students will have completed a research paper before sitting for comprehensive exams. This research paper will also satisfy the requirement for the M.A. enroute.

The following are the Department's approved Student Learning Objectives for its Graduate Program:

  1. The students will demonstrate sufficient general knowledge in the area to teach a basic course
  2. The students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the literature and experts in their subfield
  3. The students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the major theories in their subfield
  4. The students will demonstrate an ability to think critically in methodological terms
  5. The students will demonstrate an ability to think critically with respect to theory
  6. The students will demonstrate a firm understanding of research design and methods
  7. The students will demonstrate the capacity to conduct an original research design
  8. The students will demonstrate analytical writing that is clear and appropriate to the audience
  9. The students will demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in the field
  10. The students will demonstrate the ability to answer questions effectively

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,235.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

MSC 03 2120, Ortega Hall 201,

1 University of New Mexico,

ALBUQUERQUE,

New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

For international students

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Please note that some bachelor degrees are based on a three-year program and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admissions: January 15th (Admission and funding priority), May 1st (Final)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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