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Political Science & Government at University of Pennsylvania

If you are interested in studying political science and government, you may want to check out the program at University of Pennsylvania. The following information will help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and approximately 26,552 students attend the school each year. Of the 3,499 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2021, 139 of them were political science and government majors.

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.

UPenn Political Science & Government Degrees Available

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

UPenn Political Science & Government Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks political science programs across the country. The following shows how UPenn performed in these rankings.

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

The political science major at UPenn is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Political Science & Government. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Focused Political Science & Government Schools 462

In 2021, 8 students received their master’s degree in political science from UPenn. This makes it the #67 most popular school for political science master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 6 students who received their doctoral degrees in political science, making the school the #40 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Political Science Graduates from UPenn Make?

The median salary of political science students who receive their bachelor's degree at UPenn is $49,929. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 51% higher than the national average of $33,089 for all political science bachelor's degree recipients.


Political Science Student Demographics at UPenn

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

UPenn Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Program

52% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 139 students graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from UPenn. About 48% were men and 52% were women.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 2% 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 Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in political science.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 15
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 67
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

UPenn Political Science & Government Master’s Program

88% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 8 students earned a master's degree in political science from UPenn. About 88% of these graduates were women and the other 13% were men.


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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 2
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 2
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UPenn also has a doctoral program available in political science. In 2021, 6 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 PA, the home state for University of Pennsylvania.

Occupation Jobs in PA Average Salary in PA
Managers 11,060 $126,290
Economics Professors 710 $131,060
Economists 610 $87,630
Political Science Professors 540 $100,620
Political Scientists 100 $102,110


*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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