Excellent faculty, high-profile research opportunities and the flexibility to explore special interests 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 with focuses in various areas. The focus areas on the master's and doctoral levels are American government and public law, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory and methodology.
You can also develop expertise in survey research and statistical analysis.
While pursuing your degree, you'll examine politics from both substantive and methodological aspects. A deep understanding of these aspects can lead to academic careers as top-tier researchers, writers and teachers or professional careers in public service or the private sector.
Our faculty members are outstanding teachers and distinguished researchers. They're considered among the most productive in the nation in terms of research. They have:
For its contributions to the field, our department was selected by the American Political Science Association to house the American Political Science Review, the premier research journal in the discipline. UNT is the first university in Texas to house the journal.
The department also houses the Human Security, Democracy and Global Development research cluster, a consortium of faculty experts focused on conflict resolution strategies, the protection of human rights and the promotion of economic development, health and neighbor relations.
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. Recent research has been supported by:
Because of our close student-faculty research collaboration, students get involved in research early in their graduate education. You may participate in grant-funded research as a paid assistant or aid faculty members on publications. Each opportunity can lead to being published in some of the discipline's leading academic journals on your own or in collaboration 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 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 our catalog. In addition, you must meet the following program requirements:
The master's degrees require a minimum of 30 credit 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 our website.
This degree requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree or 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree. You'll choose three areas of study in political science and take qualifying exams in two. The three areas include a major area and two supporting areas.
You'll plan a program of study with an advisory committee, which includes a major professor. The committee also administers the departmental exams, approves your dissertation topic and judges the completed dissertation.
Additional information on the doctoral program can be found at our 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. 15 each year. Research assistantships are available for students to work with faculty members holding research grants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wendy Watson, Lecturer; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Judicial politics; constitutional law; law and social policy; crime and punishment in America; voting behavior; research methods.