If you have specific questions about admissions to our program, please contact us directly at

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.

To learn more about Getting a PhD in Political Science, the admissions process and our program, watch the video below, or review our presentation slides.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our graduate program. Applications for Fall 2024 will open September 13th 2023.

The online application will be available on the Graduate Division Home Page.

Note: If you would like to schedule a zoom appointment, please contact us directly at

Disclaimer- Below is information about a program being offered by current graduate students from a variety of Political Science Graduate programs. This program is not affiliated with the UC Berkeley Political Science Department. Information & details shared with the GAPS Collective will not be given to the UC Berkeley Political Science department or impact your application in any way.


GAPS Collective's Mentorship Program from  Ph.D. Applicants in Political Science

The Graduate Anti-Racist Political Science (GAPS) Collective invites Ph.D. applicants in Political Science to apply to its mentorship program. The program specifically aims to connect each applicant with a Ph.D. student or graduate in Political Science in their field of interest. Mentors will guide mentees on school selection, application materials, and the general application process. Space is limited so we encourage interested participants to apply now. Applications from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and POC applicants are particularly encouraged to apply. Those interested can apply here. If you have any questions, please contact us at