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.

The application cycle for Fall 2021 will open in September 2020. The online application will be available on the Graduate Division Home Page.

Join the University of California, Berkeley for a virtual Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair. At this event, we will be joined by a wide selection of our graduate programs, inlcuding Political Science. Registration is open to all interested participants. Click here to register.

Note: The Graduate Office Advisors are working remotely.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, phone calls to (510) 643-4408 cannot be answered. Correspondence is limited to email/zoom at this time. 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 Gradaute 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