Following UC Davis campus COVID protocols, in-person instruction has returned for Fall Quarter 2021. The department’s administrative functions have moved to hybrid work conditions until further notice. At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our administrative staff contact page for further information

Handbooks and Guidance

In-person advising as well as published resources are available to assist Department of Political Science graduate students.

Graduate Handbooks

Consult the appropriate Graduate Handbook, based on the year in which you entered the program.

•   Current Graduate Handbook (for students who have entered since 2014) 

•   Graduate Handbook for students entered between 2011 and 2013

•   Graduate Handbook for students entered in 2010 

•   Graduate Handbook for students entered in 2009 

•   Graduate Handbook for students entered in 2008 

•   Graduate Handbook for students entered in 2006 and 2007 

Political Science Bylaws

The Political Science Bylaws document delineates the functions and composition of the Executive Committee, Graduate Affairs Committee, graduate advisors and other elements of the Political Science graduate program. 

Political Science Mentoring Guidelines

Mentoring is an integral part of the graduate program experience for Department of Political Science faculty members as well as for graduate students. Graduate students and faculty advisors each have responsibilities in mentorship, as the Mentoring Guidelines document explains.