PhD in Political Science
Our doctoral program trains students to be outstanding researchers and scholars. Students do 4-6 semesters of coursework, mastering scholarly debates in two chosen fields, and learning a variety of research techniques. After passing comprehensive examinations, they devise and defend a plan for dissertation research in conjunction with three faculty members.
Doctoral students choose a major field of study and a minor field. We offer training in three major fields of political science: American Politics, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. In addition to these three, students may choose as a minor field Political Theory, Public Policy, or Quantitative Methods.
- American Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Political Theory
- Public Policy
- Quantitative Methods
- Fall 2014 cohort and beyond (coming soon)
- Fall 2013 cohort and before
The student resources pages provide valuable information for current graduate students in every phase of the program. You can find information about your plan of study, comprehensive exams, prospectus and candidacy, dissertation, research funding, and fellowships and grants. Required forms, useful links, and advice pages are also included.