PhD Program
Political Science

Our PhD in Political Science covers four fields: American government, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy. The curriculum introduces students to all four fields, though each student will concentrate on a primary and secondary field.

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The curriculum introduces students to all four fields: American government, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy and additionally, develops their research skills through a series of interdisciplinary methodology courses.

Our students learn how to develop and conduct ground-breaking research in their own chosen areas of specialty. They master the relevant literature and engage with a range of theories central to political processes, institutions, actors, and ideas in the core scholarly areas of political science. They also have the opportunity to develop expertise in a range of methods from archival research and interviews to statistical analysis and machine learning.

Learn more about the PhD program in Political Science from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

  • All doctoral students receive a five-year stipend graduate assistantship
  • “PoliTea” – doctoral student-led professional development sessions, often in collaboration with departmental faculty, to enhance student publishing, research and teaching
  • Departmental and University funding is available for doctoral students’ participation in professional conferences and other skills training programs in the U.S. and abroad
  • Opportunities for students to participate in internships, field research, and other experiential learning activities

Our graduates pursue careers within academia and beyond.

Tenure Track:
• Bentley University
• Beloit College
• Simmons University

Non-Tenure Track:
• Emmanuel College
• Merrimack College
• Northeastern University

Postdocs and Research:
• Center for Policy Research
• The Fletcher School at Tufts University
• Wesleyan University

Other Opportunities:
• Journal Editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
• US Congress

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Application fee – US $100
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • English proficiency for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Optional
  • Writing sample
  • Resumé


Admission deadline for Fall term: December 1

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