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The University of Oklahoma has a number of graduate programs designed to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and passion to pursue meaningful careers in political science, public policy, government and public service. The Political Science Department houses three nationally recognized degree programs. 

2021 Application Cycle-GRE Optional

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional as an admissions requirement for Ph.D. and M.A. applicants during the 2021 admissions cycle.  If applicants have already completed the GRE, the graduate admissions committee request that you submit with your application. If you have not completed or submitted GRE scores, you will not be at a disadvantage in our review of applications.

Graduate Programs Brochure

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science

The University of Oklahoma is the only higher educational institution, public or private, in the state of Oklahoma to offer a doctoral degree in political science. This full-time program accepts students with and without a master’s degree. Graduate students will find a rigorous research-based program offering a range of political science field specializations. Graduates are well-prepared for both teaching and research careers in political science as well as the public and private sector.

Master of Public Administration

For almost 50 years, we have had the privilege of awarding our Masters of Public Administration (MPA), the premier degree program for careers in the public and nonprofit sector. This program is designed for individuals who seek to build skills in management, policy analysis, nonprofit leadership and advocacy. Our program is designed for both working professionals and full-time students located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman area, offering the most flexibility in course scheduling and career paths.

Master of Arts in Political Science

We also house a master’s degree in political science, a two-year, research-based program. Many M.A. students pursue this degree to enhance their knowledge base and skill set in teaching or with the expectation of going on to a doctoral program.

With such a diverse set of high-quality graduate programs, the University of Oklahoma is a great place for individuals who are looking for graduate programs in government and public service. We are proud to say that many of our alumni have gone on to fantastic careers, and we look forward to helping you pursue your goals as well. Boomer Sooner!

Feel free to contact our Graduate Programs Coordinator, Jeff Alexander at jjalexander@ou.edu.