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.
- 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...
- Pittsburgh, PAPittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh
- Chicago, ILChicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
University of Southern California
The graduate program in political science has developed special strengths in five areas: (1) American politics and policy processes--the presidency, Congress, Supreme Court, parties, ethnic politics, political behavior, mass media, campaign finance and...
- Syracuse, NYSyracuse, NY
- Fort Collins, COFort Collins, CO
Colorado State University
M.A. Students may choose between a thesis program (30 minimum semester credits) or a non-thesis program (36 minimum semester credits). Depending upon previous background and preparation, students in the M.A. program ordinarily will complete one-third of...
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
Columbia University in the City of New York's Department of Political Science is organized into four major subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Students select a major and minor field from amo...
- Durham, NCDurham, NC
Since its inception in the 1920?s, Duke University has been a major center for graduate education in political science. The Department aims, now as in earlier years, to integrate normative, empirical, theoretical, and policy concerns. More than many oth...
- East Lansing, MIEast Lansing, MI
Michigan State University
- Pullman, WAPullman, WA
Washington State University
- Lincoln, NELincoln, NE
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Attractive features of graduate work in political science include outstanding access to computers (both personal and mainframe), data from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at Michigan, small seminars, and exceptional tea...
- Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania
- College Station, TXCollege Station, TX
Texas A&M University
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University
- Albany, NYAlbany, NY
University At Albany (S.U.N.Y.)
Concentrations in; American and Comparative Political SystemsInternational RelationsPolitical TheoryPublic Law and Public Policy...
- Atlanta, GAAtlanta, GA
Georgia State University
The Department of Political Science offers comprehensive Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs. These programs train students for academic and research careers as political scientists and as practitioners in the politica...
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
New School, The
Politics at The New School for Social Research emphasizes the theoretical dimension of political analysis, regarding both political explanation and normative evaluation. The department focuses on the historical roots of contemporary political forces...
- Providence, RIProvidence, RI
Welcome to Political Science, the fifth largest enrollment academic unit at Brown University. We offer courses in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Legal Studies, and Political Economy.
- Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis, MO
University of Missouri - St Louis
The M.A. program in political science offers advanced education for those seeking careers in government, business, secondary education, community, or not-for-profit agencies. The principal foci of the 33-hour program are public administration and public...
- Saint Louis, MO
- Albuquerque, NMAlbuquerque, NM
University of New Mexico
Political Science is the study of politics, power, and government, including U.S. and foreign governments, as well as relationships among governments, their actions and policies. The department offers M.A. and Ph.
- Eugene, OREugene, OR
University of Oregon
Our MA and PhD programs prepare students for faculty positions in colleges and universities and for research and policy positions in government, private industry, and the nonprofit sector. The low student-faculty ratio, about two to one, fosters faculty...
- Claremont, CAClaremont, CA
Claremont Graduate University
The Department of Politics and Policy weaves broad theoretical concerns about politics and political values with more focused questions of applied policy analysis. The purpose is to prepare students for a variety of careers in university teaching, non-p...
- West Lafayette, INWest Lafayette, IN
You will find graduate work in our department rewarding and challenging. The department offers Masters and Doctorate degrees designed to prepare students for teaching and research careers. There are several features which make our Graduate Program in...