The PhD in Political Science program prepares students to be outstanding researchers and scholars at top universities, policy think tanks, consulting firms and U.S. and international government institutions. Working in small classes and with experienced faculty mentors, doctoral students construct a program around a major and minor field of study.
Recent dissertation topics have spanned monarchy in Morocco, media freedom in Turkey, social justice in the corporate world and coercive kidnappings in violent political organizations. Our students frequently present their research at conferences around the country and earn awards for their scholarship, including GW’s Three Minute Thesis Competition and GW Research Days.
Funding is guaranteed for five years, conditional on adequate progress.