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 department's faculty placed eighth in the nation in the Faculty Scholarly Production Index ranking. 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.
Information about our graduate program, facilities, and financial aid is detailed on the Program Requirements portion of our website and in the Department's Graduate Student Handbook.
Our Ph.D. program is one of the most flexible and interdisciplinary in the nation. Students have the option to train in either two traditional political science fields (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory), or one traditional field and one of their own design (such as Environmental Politics or the Politics of Identity).