Graduate Program


The Department of Political Science offers flexible programs of graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Our aim is to provide the highest quality graduate training for students who go on to academic teaching and research positions, and to non-academic careers in the public and private sectors. .

Our graduate students benefit from an active, engaged faculty, extensive methodological training, a focus in the department on inter-disciplinary approaches, and close work with a faculty mentor under our apprenticeship model of faculty-student relationships. Graduate students are involved in all areas of faculty research.

Our Ph.D. program is one of the most flexible and interdisciplinary in the nation. For their first field, students train in a traditional political science field (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory), and for their second field they may train in another traditional field or in Environmental Politics, or the Politics of Identity. The second field can also be self-defined.

Approximately 55 students from all over the world are enrolled in the Department's graduate program. This ratio of four students per professor permits extensive contact and mentoring by the faculty. A listing of students currently enrolled in our graduate program can be found on the student directory.

Alumni and current students are invited to connect with one another through the MA/PhD LinkedIn group.