United States PhD Political Science Programs
Doctoral students in a political science Ph.D. program work to advance the body of knowledge in the discipline. Students in a Ph.D. program in political science will undertake extensive research and conduct experiments to work towards developing new theories or applications of political theory.
Students should consider their goals in selecting a political science doctorate program – whether you are interested in starting a career in university level teaching and research or whether you wish to apply your knowledge and skills in the public or private sectors outside academia. Different programs may offer different advantages such as a small student to faculty ratio, the opportunity to teach, or faculty who share your research interests.
Most PhDs in Political Science are going to be campus-based programs. You can use our directory to search for programs in a particular city, state or open your search to the world. If you find that your goals don’t require the level of investment of a doctoral degree, you may want to consider a masters in political science or start with a graduate certificate to explore certain areas of interest.
- Stony Brook, NYStony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University (S.U.N.Y.)
The program builds on our successful, internationally renowned PhD program in political psychology. The M.A. degree program teaches advanced skills in political psychology, public opinion, and political attitudes. The Political Science M.A.
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago
The M.A. program in political science offers comprehensive training in the knowledge and skills which constitute professional competence in the field. The curriculum is designed to equip graduate students with a broad and solid foundation in political s...
- Chestnut Hill, MAChestnut Hill, MA
The master’s and doctoral programs are flexible as to fields of study and courses. In addition to the wide range of courses offered within the Department, students have the opportunity to take courses in other departments at Boston College as well as at...
- Knoxville, TNKnoxville, TN
University of Tennessee
- Columbia, SCColumbia, SC
University of South Carolina
- Cincinnati, OHCincinnati, OH
University of Cincinnati
The MA program seeks to provide students with a professional orientation to political science. The MA can serve as a basis for further training or as a terminal professional degree. The PhD program prepares students for careers in teaching and research...
- Binghamton, NYBinghamton, NY
Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)
Our Political Science graduate program will prepare students for success in public affairs, analysis, journalism, and academia...
- Santa Cruz, CASanta Cruz, CA
University of California - Santa Cruz
- Lawrence, INLawrence, IN
University of Kansas
The Department of Political Science in the Division of Government at the University of Kansas offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs for students seeking teaching, research, and public service careers involving the study of politics and government. Students may...
- Boston, MABoston, MA
- Tucson, AZTucson, AZ
University of Arizona
Masters students concentrate in one field and doctoral students concentrate in one major and two minor fields.
- University Park, PAUniversity Park, PA
Pennsylvania State University
The program is intentionally small (entering classes of approximately 10 students and 25 full time faculty) to create a high quality program featuring close student-faculty interaction. We emphasize excellent training in research skills, along with trai...
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
University of Houston
The Department of Political Science offers three M.A. degrees and the Ph.D.
- Salt Lake City, UTSalt Lake City, UT
University of Utah
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
University of Chicago
We are a theoretically innovative department that encourages methodological and intellectual pluralism.
- Gainesville, FLGainesville, FL
The University of Florida
We encourage applications from students whose interests traverse our traditional fields, including Religion and Politics, State Politics and Policy, and Environmental Politics. In conjunction with the M.A., we offer certificate programs in Political Cam...
- College Park, MDCollege Park, MD
University of Maryland - College Park
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis
Subfields include American, Comparative, CPE, IR, IPE, Formal Theory, Methods, and Political Theory.
- Rochester, NYRochester, NY
University of Rochester
The Ph.D. program in political science at Rochester is designed to train scholars who will contribute to the future development of political science through careers in teaching and research. The program emphasizes the building and testing of descriptive...
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
The PhD in political economy and Government (PEG) is intended for scholars interested in either academic or policy-making careers requiring advanced s...
- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
University of California - Berkeley
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
New York University
The Department of Politics offers a Ph.D. degree and terminal M.A. degree, both in politics. The Ph.D. program trains researchers for placement in highly competitive institutions of higher learning and in applied settings such as government, internat...
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
University of California - Los Angeles
- Flagstaff, AZFlagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University
The Northern Arizona University Political Science Department has 19 faculty members, all very active in the profession.