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Political Science & Government at University of California - Santa Barbara

If you plan to study political science and government, take a look at what University of California - Santa Barbara has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and has a total student population of 25,057. In 2019, 273 political science majors received their bachelor's degree from UCSB.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Political Science & Government section at the bottom of this page.

UCSB Political Science & Government Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science
  • Master’s Degree in Political Science
  • Doctorate Degree in Political Science

UCSB Political Science & Government Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the political science progam at UCSB compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

UCSB ranked #53 on College Factual's list of Best Quality Schools for political science majors. This puts the program in the top 15% of the nation. It is also ranked as the #3 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Political Science & Government 53
Highest Paid Political Science & Government Graduates 134
Best Value Colleges for Political Science & Government 148
Most Focused Colleges for Political Science & Government 149

In 2019, 10 students received their master’s degree in political science from UCSB. This makes it the #53 most popular school for political science master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 9 students who received their doctoral degrees in political science, making the school the #29 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Political Science Graduates from UCSB Make?

The median salary of political science students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $34,700. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 6% higher than the national average of $32,850 for all political science bachelor's degree recipients.

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Political Science Student Demographics at UCSB

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the political science majors at University of California - Santa Barbara.

UCSB Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Program

49% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 273 political science majors earned their bachelor's degree from UCSB. Of these graduates, 51% were men and 49% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Political Science & Government Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 20% more racial-ethnic minorities in its political science bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in political science.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Political Science & Government Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 23
Black or African American 16
Hispanic or Latino 92
White 104
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 32

UCSB Political Science & Government Master’s Program

50% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Of the 10 students who graduated with a master’s in political science from UCSB in 2019, 50% were men and 50% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Political Science & Government Master's Degree Grads

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in political science.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Political Science & Government Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 3
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in political science. In 2019, 9 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Political Science Grads May Go Into

A degree in political science can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Managers 66,300 $143,350
Economists 1,430 $124,430
Political Science Professors 860 $112,360
Economics Professors 700 $139,050
Political Scientists 160 $74,060

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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