Student Resources

The following pages provide valuable information for graduate students. Please take the time to assess your plan of study, information about comprehensive exams, and dissertation information.


See an overview of graduate level courses offered in the Department of Political Science, listed by field of study.

Comprehensive Exams

PhD students are required to complete comprehensive exams, offered each year in May. For more information, please visit the comprehensive exams page.

Dissertation Defense

Upon finishing exams, students should have some firm ideas about dissertation topics and move quickly toward defense of a dissertation prospectus, then later, the complete dissertation defense. For more information, please visit the dissertation defense guidelines page as well as the rules and requirements.

Forms & Links

View the required forms for dissertation, grades, plans of study, and scholarly travel funding. See useful links for GW graduate students.

Research Funding

Learn more about opportunities to fund dissertation research.