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.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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
- 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...
- Pullman, WAPullman, WA
Washington State University
- 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.
- Denton, TXDenton, TX
University of North Texas
- 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...
- Pocatello, IDPocatello, ID
Idaho State University
Doctor of Arts in Political Science This program is intended for students interested in a career teaching political science in a variety of higher education settings ranging from community colleges to universities. Doctor of Arts recipients are prepare...
- Stillwater, OKStillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University
With the growing threat of natural catastrophes, technological disasters, and terrorism, the field of fire protection and emergency management has exploded. Significant resources are devoted by all levels of government to help businesses, communities, s...
- Stillwater, OK
- Flagstaff, AZFlagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University
The Northern Arizona University Political Science Department has 19 faculty members, all very active in the profession.