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Political Science

University of California, Irvine (UCI)

48 months
45656 USD/year
45656 USD/year
15902 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As a major in the Political Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), you explore how politics works at the individual, group, national, and international levels.


About the Program

Students of the Political Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) are introduced to the findings and the methods for gathering information about political behavior and political processes. Course work emphasizes the development of analytic thinking and clear writing skills. Upper-division courses are organized around general areas of study, including American society and politics, comparative politics, international relations, public law, and political theory.

Students have many opportunities to pursue special topics in political science through independent study courses, field studies, the department’s honors program and internships. Many political science majors participate in such programs as the UC/DC Internship Program, in Washington, D.C. and the University's Education Abroad Program. Political science majors learn how to understand politics and acquire the skills for effective performance in many professional fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Science: Political Analysis
  • Political Science: Micropolitics
  • American Government
  • Political Theory
  • International Relations
  • Politics Around the World

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must receive a 3.0 GPA (3.4 for non-California residents) or higher in the 15 required “a-g” subject courses, with no grade lower than a C.
  • UCI will not consider SAT or ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes. After enrollment, exams may be used for class placement or some graduation requirements.
  • Personal Insight Questions (your personal insight questions should be exactly that – personal. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself, what matters to you, your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, and inspirations. Key points about the personal insight questions include: freshman applicants choose four out of eight questions to answer, each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words. We encourage you to take your time. Be open, be reflective, and be honest. Your personal insight questions provide context for the rest of your application.)
  • English proficiency requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45656 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    45656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45656 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    15902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15902 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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