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.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Political Science

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Political Science Fact Sheet

PhD in Political Science Fact Sheet

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.


Marjorie McDonald
Graduate Program Administrator

Degree Information:
Dr. Robert Lowry
Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Banks Miller
Professor and Program Head

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: professor, 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.


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