Graduate Programs

The expertise of the University of Cincinnati's School of Public and International Affairs is oriented to challenge our understanding of politics in fundamental ways and is positioned to translate new discoveries about those fundamentals into practical analysis that advances thinking in the political world. The school's faculty and students, thus, engage in pursuit of knowledge at the nexus of theory and policy, advancing UC's overall institutional strengths in applied learning and discovery. 

Research Strengths

Our school has research strengths in several areas, with multiple professors working within each:

Visit our Graduate Student Research Symposium here

Apply for our Graduate Programs

The core strength of our graduate programs is the intellectual creativity and scholarly activity of our faculty. We seek graduate students who wish to take advantage of working closely with their professors.

Prospective applicants should read the School of Public and International Affairs faculty profiles and graduate student profiles for details about our research. In personal statements submitted as part of their application materials, applicants should

explain how their research interests align with the expertise of particular faculty members.

We offer Graduate Assistantships and tuition scholarships and nominate students for the university’s targeted funding opportunities for underrepresented minority students. The Taft Research Center on our campus provides graduate student travel grants for research and conference presentations and doctoral dissertation fellowships.

For funding consideration, apply for admission by January 15.

We can continue to consider applications and admit students through June 30, so apply for admission no later than June 15. Apply here:

GRE scores are optional for applicants who have an MA degree from a US university or an English-medium university outside the US. GRE scores are not required for MPA applicants. 

Applicants should have at least a B average in undergraduate coursework or otherwise give evidence of academic promise.

The video essay is not required for any of our degrees. 

Interested in Applying? Click here for application information

Questions? Contact Dr. Richard Harknett (, School Head and Graduate Program Director, with questions about the MA or PhD programs or Dr. Brandi Blessett (, Associate Professor and MPA Director, about the MPA program

Degree Offerings

BA+MA and BA+MPA programs

Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and requirements Master of Arts in Political Science and requirements

PhD in Political Science and requirements Graduate Certificate in Public Opinion and Survey Research (which may be completed as a stand-alone program or as part of another graduate degree)

PhD concentration in Feminist Comparative and International Politics

Dual Degree Programs

MA/JD and PhD/JD degrees with the UC College of Law

The MA/JD and PhD/JD programs are offered in collaboration with the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati. Students may complete the MA/JD program in four years and the PhD/JD program in six years. Jointly administered by the School of Public and International Affairs and the College of Law, students may spend their first year in either program, their second year in the other college, and their subsequent years completing a combination of seminars, writing projects and externships to satisfy the requirements in both colleges. In addition to completing the required coursework, the MA degree is earned by completing either a Master's thesis or professional paper, or through satisfactory performance on the doctoral comprehensive examinations.

Dual Degree Program with the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria

Through the Diplomatic Academy Dual Degree program, students are first admitted to the DA in Vienna Austria, complete one or two years of work and then enter the MA or PhD track at UC, earning a degree from both institutions.