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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Government (GOV)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 45.0901
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Government and International Affairs Department (GIA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bernd Reiter
Phone: 813-974-7569


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Students apply for admission directly into the Ph.D. program. Those who are interested in first earning a Master's in Political Science need to apply to that program separately.

Students must submit

  • a completed application
  • 2 official transcripts from their undergraduate or graduate institutions
  • GRE required
  • 3 letters of recommendation (from academic sources or from those able to judge the applicant's academic abilities)
  • a 500 word personal statement expressing reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. in Government at the University of South Florida
  • Writing sample

A Master's degree in Political Science, Public Administration, International Studies, or a related field will count favorably towards admission, but it is not a requirement for admission.


Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements







Interdisciplinary Professional Seminar
Ethics in Public Service
Theories of Governance




POS 6735
POS 6736
POS 6933
POS 6933
Foundations of Political Inquiry
Research Design
Quantitative Analysis
Qualitative Analysis

Major Field (9 hours)
The options for major field are International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Government and Political Theory. With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Minor Field (6 hours)
The options for minor field are International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Government and Political Theory. With graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Electives(3 hours)
Students will enhance their major or minor areas of specialization with a three credit hour courseWith graduate committee approval, students will be encouraged to take courses in other disciplines.

Students Teacher Training Requirement(3 hours)
POS 6933 Selected Topics in Political Science3



All students must pass one comprehensive examination, consisting of two separate exams, to be administered on two consecutive days, one in their major field and one in their minor field. Major Field exams will be limited to 8 hours and minor field examinations will be limited to 6 hours.. A rotating committee of faculty members composes and grades those exams. The comprehensive examinations for the Ph.D. program are separate from the comprehensive examinations for the MA in Political Science program. Students may not substitute comprehensive examinations taken to fulfill a Masters degree for their Ph.D. comprehensive exams.



Foreign Language
All students must demonstrate competency in at least one foreign language. Students must pass the competency exam administrated by the World Language Education Department. Additionally, students, whose research focuses on a particular area of the world, must be proficient in language(s) native to that region.

Dissertation Proposal Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar
Students will enroll in POS 7910 as their Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. During the Seminar, students develop their dissertation proposals. Students must present their dissertation proposal in written and oral form to their dissertation committee. Dissertation committees must contain four members from the Department of Government & International Affairs, one of whom is the student's major dissertation advisor. Students must also select a professor from outside the department. After passing this oral defense, students then research and write their dissertation. Students must present their dissertation at an oral defense, and their committees determine whether the students passed. Finally, students must submit written copies of their dissertations with the signatures of their committee members. All dissertations must conform to University of South Florida format rules.




POS 7980
POS 6933

Dissertation: Doctoral
Selected Topics/Capstone







College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

INR5012, PAD6041, POT6007, INR6107, PAD5044, PAD6060, POS6045, POS6157, CPO5934, CPO6036, ANG6315, ANG7936, ANG5937, ANG6448, GEO5605, GEO6408, GEO6345, GEO6119, HIS6939, HIS6939, SYD6605, SYD6706,