• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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With this understanding, students will begin to explain why governments and people behave the way they do and see how changes to a governmental system will alter behavior in the future. 

The Political Science program at the University of Kentucky offers a wide range of courses spanning the sub-fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. 

Specific subjects include: political processes, judicial behavior, political theory, international conflict, political behavior, comparative institutions, public administration, women in politics, constitutional law, and state and local government.


Graduates leave the program having cultivated their analytical abilities and having exercised their written and spoken communication skills. 

Such disciplinary training leads to a wide variety of careers, many of which have no direct political or governmental connection, but is particularly helpful in preparing students for careers such as law, policy analysis, governmental administration, diplomatic service, journalism, lobbying, and other sorts of other political activity.

Career opportunities:

  • Law
  • policy analysis
  • public administrators
  • policy analysts
  • diplomats and diplomatic staffers
  • teacher/professors
  • legislative or executive branch aides
  • law school teachers
  • international affairs specialists
  • journalists
  • lobbyists
  • lawyers and judges
  • campaign managers and political consultants
  • law enforcement professionals
  • NGO and non-profit staffers
  • Urban and regional planners
  • Social service workers

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Government
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics 
  • World Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Political Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Complete UK International Application for Undergraduate Admission or Common Application
  • Application processing fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of passport
  • Official transcripts in English
  • Bank Statement 
  • Submit Sponsor Guarantee Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    12360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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