• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Political Science major at the University of Central Florida offers three distinct track options: American Politics & Policy, International Relations-Comparative Government, and Pre-Law. This dynamic major prepares students with the knowledge and understanding that spans the scope of the political science discipline.


The Political Science program offered at the University of Central Florida seeks to:

  • provide a broad background for careers in foreign and domestic public service and in the private sector where a knowledge of government and politics is necessary; 
  • provide a broad background for and facilitate admission to law school through the prelaw emphasis; 
  • prepare students for teaching. research, and graduate study in Political Science; 
  • provide a broad background for careers in politics; and 
  • educate citizens and promote their active interest in public affairs. 

Students should plan their major or minor in consultation with their departmental advisor according to their interests and career objectives.

All three tracks require a total of 36 credit hours, which include required core courses in American National Government and Scope and Methods of Political Science, in addition to distributed electives from American politics, comparative politics and international relations, and political theory. 

The pre-law track also requires specialized coursework in judicial politics and law. Our program is designed to produce graduates ready to pursue careers in a variety of areas including but not limited to; state and federal government, non-profit, think-tanks, international organizations and businesses. 

Graduates from the Political Science BA program are also prepared to go on to graduate or law school opening more career paths.

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 National Government
  • Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • American National Government
  • American Indian Politics
  • State Government and Public Policy
  • Southern Politics
  • Florida Politics
  • Public Opinion
  • Protest in American Politics
  • Mass Media and Politics
  • Politics in Film Credit 
  • Voting and Elections 
  • Civic Engagement 
  • The American Presidency 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Submit Application Online
  • Submit the completed UCF online application and pay the required non-refundable $30.00 application fee in U.S. Dollars. 
  • Submit Required Academic Documents
  • Submit official transcripts, graduation certificates, and/or leaving exam results of all secondary work to UCF.
  • Submit SAT or ACT Scores (if required)
  • Submit Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Required Immigration Documents (if required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    212 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 212 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Orlando

  • 1111 - 1940 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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