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-the-science 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 important questions in the field.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: professor, researcher, and manager in government and private sector.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

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

A one-page essay describing educational and professional objectives.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.