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Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science


The PhD in political science degree program provides a rigorous, sharply focused program. It consists of innovative, state-of-the-science graduate education in political methodology and the fields of comparative politics and international relations, political institutions and American politics and law and courts.

Through the program, students acquire basic research skills and tools that enable them to work on research projects as they further develop instructional and presentation skills and interact with highly regarded scholars and practitioners. Graduates are prepared for analytical and administrative positions and responsibilities in academe, private firms, government and other organizations.

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 completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

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


Cheryl L. Berry
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: GR3.826

Degree Information:
Dr. Banks Miller
Director of Graduate Studies
Office: GR2.806

Dr. Jennifer Holmes
Professor and Head
Office: GR3.805

Possible Careers

Professor/Academics, researcher and management positions 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.