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Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science


The Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science provides a rigorous, disciplinary program with strong multidisciplinary links. The Program consists of innovative, state-of-thescience graduate education in political methodology and the fields of comparative politics and international relations; law and courts; and political institutions and American politics.

In the first two years of the program, students acquire research skills and tools, work on research projects, and acquaint themselves with professional norms in the discipline. Later, they have opportunities to develop their instructional and presentation skills and to conduct research answering an important question (or questions) in the field.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Political Science

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Political Science Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's, master of arts or master of science degree from an accredited college or university in government and politics, political science, public administration, public affairs or a relevant discipline

GPA: Minimum of 3.2 

Test score required: Yes

Minimum combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 310

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Limited to fall and spring admissions. Universit deadlines apply.


Cheryl L. Berry

Degree Information:
Dr. Banks Miller, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Professor and Head

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Professor/Academics; Researcher and manager in government and private sector.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.