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The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science is consistently considered one of the top programs in the country. Our PhD students live and study in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment here at UC Berkeley and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below, please find brief descriptions as well as links to the various pages and types of information you can find in this section.

Deadline for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017 at 8:59pm (PST). The online application is available on the Graduate Division Home Page

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a technical error the application incorrectly closed early for departments with a December 1st deadline. The issue has since been resolved. The Graduate Admissions Office has decided to extend the deadline for those affected until Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:59pm (PST). However, our office would recommend applicants submit their application as soon as it is complete to avoid waiting until the last minute. We hope this helps to clarify.