Students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may apply to the Master's or to the Ph.D program. Admission is granted without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or disability. Women and minorities are strongly urged to apply.

A completed application includes:

  1. A completed UNL Graduate Studies application form
  2. Payment of the Graduate Studies application fee
  3. Official grade transcripts from all colleges attended
  4. Three letters of recommendation preferably from faculty members familiar with one's potential for graduate study
  5. Note for Fall 2021 applications: The admissions committee will not require or consider GRE scores for Fall 2021 admission. Official transcript of the Graduate Record Examination (a combined score of 1100 with a minimum of 4.0 on analytical is competitive)
  6. A writing sample (a college term paper, research report, or essay)
  7. A statement of purpose (Ph.D. students only)
  8. TOEFL score (international students only)
  9. Evidence of financial resources for self-support (international students only)

Only completed applications are considered. The application deadline for admission in fall 2021 is January 15, 2021.


For more information, contact the Graduate Program Chair Dona-Gene Barton at 402-472-5994 or at, or contact the Office of Graduate Studies.


Graduate work in Political Science is offered in the following areas of specialization and subfields:

  • American Government
  • Biology and Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration (work in this area is in cooperation with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is likely to require taking courses on the UNO campus)

Core Seminars

Core seminars involve extensive reading and provide an introduction to the literature in each area of specialization.

The following core seminars are offered:

  • American Government
  • Biology and Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Political Theory

The focus of the core seminar in each area is designed by the faculty in the area (defined as the area committee).

Each core seminar is taught by one instructor at any given time. However, collaboration and consultation among faculty in the area may be a part of the seminar.

As a general rule, core seminars are offered according to the following schedule (check with the departmental office for offerings during current and following year):

  1. Every third semester - American Government, Biology and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy.
  2. Every fourth semester - Political Theory