Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Focusing in on politics and the global stage

The strength of the Ph.D. program in Political Science lies in its small size and the diversity of its faculty. Students accepted into the Ph.D. program are expected to have a major and minor field in the areas the department offers as specializations, which include:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

Within this context, the university confers the Ph.D. degree for work of distinction in which the student displays decided contributions of original scholarship, and only in recognition of marked ability and achievement.  The Political Science Ph.D. program is specifically designed to allow students to:

  • Develop research skills through the advanced study of research design and methodology, political processes and problems, and policy issues
  • Prepare for careers in research and teaching institutions of higher education, public administration, and public policy
  • Support University‐based research involving issues of politics and public policy

Application Process

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