Glen Biglaiser, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles. Latin American politics; political economy of the developing world.
Bethany Blackstone, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Emory University. Judicial process and behavior; Congress–court interactions; congressional politics; American political institutions.
Regina Branton, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Arizona. The politics of race and ethnicity; political behavior; electoral politics; methods of social science research.
Marijke Breuning, Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Foreign policy decision making; development cooperation; foreign aid; ethnic politics; women/gender and politics; the politics of intercountry adoption.
Tony Carey, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Stony Brook University. African American politics; racial and ethnic politics; political and social identity; political psychology; experimental methodology; survey methodology.
Paul Collins, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Binghamton University. American politics; judicial politics and behavior; interest groups.
Gloria Cox, Associate Professor and Dean of the Honors College; Ph.D., University of South Carolina. American politics and policy.
Jacqueline DeMeritt, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. State-sponsored killing; human rights; violent political conflict; research methods and formal theory.
Andrew J. Enterline, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Binghamton University. International relations; conflict processes. Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. American political institutions.
Steven P. Forde, Professor; Ph.D., University of Toronto. Political philosophy; international ethics; American political thought.
J. Michael Greig, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois. International conflict; civil conflict; conflict management; peacekeeping; externally imposed polities; contagion effects.
Paul Hensel, Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois. International conflict.
John Ishiyama, Professor; Ph.D. Michigan State University. Political parties and democratization (Russia, East-Central Europe, Africa); ethnic politics and conflict; scholarship of teaching and learning.
Kimi L. King, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University at Buffalo. Public law; civil rights and liberties; conflict resolution; judicial decision making; international humanitarian law; gender rights.
Ko Maeda, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Political institutions; political parties; elections.
Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Race, ethnicity and politics; Latino politics; public policy; political tolerance; politics of rock and roll.
T. David Mason, Regents Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Causes of civil wars; land reform; East Asian politics.
Tetsuya Matsubayashi, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Mass political behavior; race and politics; political representation; quantitative methodology.
James Meernik, Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. International relations; American political institutions.
Elizabeth A. Oldmixon, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida. Religion and legislative policymaking; legislative behavior on foreign and domestic issues; mobilization of religious interests.
Philip O. Paolino, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Duke University. Mass political behavior; survey research; political methodology.
Richard S. Ruderman, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Chicago. Classical political philosophy; liberalism; contemporary political theory; American political thought; leadership.
Emile Sahliyeh, Professor and Director of the International Studies Program; Ph.D., Georgetown University. Middle East politics.
Idean Salehyan, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California-San Diego. Political violence (international and domestic); international migration/refugees; asylum policy.
Jae-Jae Spoon, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan. European politics; political parties; the European Union.
John R. Todd, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida. Urban, state and local politics; Texas politics.
Excellent faculty, high-profile research opportunities and the flexibility to explore special topics of interest are the reasons you should pursue a graduate degree in political science at the University of North Texas.
We offer course work leading to a Master of Arts, Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science.
You will learn from faculty members who are outstanding teachers and distinguished researchers. They have:
Our course work and research focus on American government and public law, comparative government and politics, international politics, political theory, teaching methodology, and public administration. You may research unique topics of interest with faculty members.
We have housed the International Studies Quarterly, one of the world’s top international studies journals, and currently house the American Political Science Review, the world’s premier journal in political science. This partnership reflects our academic strength and creates research and internship possibilities for you. UNT is the first university in Texas to house the journal.
A political science degree prepares you for a variety of careers. In addition to teaching and research positions in academic settings, you can work in:
You can also develop special expertise in survey research and statistical analysis. These skills are in high demand in the public and private sectors.
Our department has participated in high-profile research regarding school choice, political campaigns and elections, American public law, democratization in the Third World, and international peace. Faculty members have also won research grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Because of our close student-faculty research collaboration, students get involved in research at an early stage of their graduate education. You may participate in grant-funded research as a paid assistant and aid faculty members on publications. As a result, you have the opportunity to publish in some of the discipline’s leading academic journals on your own or by collaborating with faculty members.
We encourage students to attend and present research papers at national and regional political science conferences. Funding is available to attend conferences.
UNT belongs to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, which is the world’s repository of social science research data, and also to the European Consortium for Political Research. Our library system also has a large collection of U.S. government, United Nations and related international agency documents.
No single criterion determines your admission to the master’s or doctoral program. You must complete the Toulouse Graduate School’s admission requirements, which are outlined in the catalog. In addition, you must meet the following program requirements:
The master’s degrees require a minimum of 30 semester hours with at least 24 within the department. Completion of a thesis and an oral exam are required, and a minor outside the department is optional. All work for the master’s degree must be completed within six years of the time master’s credit is first given, which includes any credits transferred from other institutions.
Additional information about the master’s programs is available at the department website.
This degree requires a minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree or 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree. You will choose three areas of study in political science and take qualifying examinations in two. The three areas include a major area and two supporting areas.
You will plan a program of study with an advisory committee, which includes a major professor. The committee also administers the departmental examinations, approves your dissertation topic and judges the completed dissertation.
Additional information on the doctoral program can be found on the Department of Political Science's website.
Our department awards several teaching fellowships and assistantships to help you pay for your graduate education. The application deadline for these positions is Jan. 31 each year. Research assistantships are available for students to work with faculty members holding research grants. University-wide competitive scholarships are also offered. Information about other financial assistance programs is available on the websites for the Financial Aid office or the Toulouse Graduate School.