• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Students majoring in Political Science program at University of the Pacific gain a well-grounded liberal arts education that focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the public realities of their world and to live their lives as empowered citizens. 

They look in depth at the fundamental concepts and values that underlie human decision-making, examine the social and political structures and processes through which such decisions are shaped and carried out, learn to analyze complex organizational and legal phenomena and survey the inventiveness of cultures in devising a variety of ways to provide government.

Through a Political Science degree, students will:

  • Look in depth at the fundamental concepts and values that underlie human decision-making.
  • Examine the social and political structures and processes through which such decisions are shaped and carried out.
  • Learn to analyze complex organizational and legal phenomena.
  • Survey the inventiveness of cultures in devising ways to provide government.
  • Gain additional understanding from closely related social sciences, such as economics, history, anthropology and psychology.

In acquiring this knowledge, Political Science majors will be challenged to extend their analytical and research skills, to polish their talents for written and oral communication and to sharpen their abilities for rigorous and independent judgment.

Students majoring in political science can choose from courses focused on the idea of justice and the nature of power, international government and politics, politics in the United States, political theories, environmental policy, criminal law and gender politics.

Build a Solid Foundation for Your Future

Many Pacific political science students find that an education in political science is an excellent foundation for careers in law, government and public policy, while others pursue careers in fields including education, marketing and technology.

All of our students, however, graduate with a passion for knowledge that gives them a unique perspective as they move forward in life as well-rounded, thoughtful and dedicated citizens intent on making an impact in the world.

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 included:

  • Political Science Internship         
  • Pre-Law Internship        
  • Undergraduate Research            
  • Community Affairs Internship
  • Community Independent Research        
  • Sacramento Experience Internship         
  • Washington Semester Internship           

English Language Requirements

  • 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 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.

  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Required Personal Statement (Personal Essay on the Common Application)
  • Application Fee
  • Official Records of Study
  • Demonstration of Proficiency in English
  • Recommendation
  • Certification of Finances
  • Clear copy of Passport Photo Page

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    50438 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50438 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Stockton

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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