Students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may apply to the M.A. or to the Ph.D. program. Admission is granted without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, 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. GRE Scores are optional (but not required) for Fall 2023 admissions.
  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. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but priority admissions deadlines for funding consideration are listed below.

Fall 2023: January 1, 2023


Please contact the Graduate Secretary, David Csontos, for general application questions or the Graduate Chair, Dr. Ingrid Haas with questions about the graduate program. You can also contact the Office of Graduate Studies.


Graduate study in Political Science is offered in the following areas of specialization:

  • American Politics
  • Political Psychology and Biopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy

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 Politics
  • Political Psychology and Biopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • 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 Politics; International Relations
  2. Every fourth semester - Political Psychology and Biopolitics; Public Policy; Comparative Politics; Political Theory

For additional information on degree requirements, please see