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Our Ph.D. program in Political Science is selective and small by design, fostering close faculty-to-student and student-to-student interaction and collaboration.

Generally, six or seven new students annually matriculate. Solely structured for full-time study, our new students enter our program in the fall semester. Presently, our program has approximately 40 full-time students enrolled at various stages of study.

Applicants to our program should have strong academic preparation in political science or related social science disciplines.

Our Graduate Admissions Committee, comprised of a diverse subset of our Political Science faculty, makes its decisions about admissions and fellowships after it reviews all applications. The components of our application include:

  • a personal statement by the applicant
  • the previous academic record of the applicant
  • letters of recommendation, especially from faculty who know the academic potential of the applicant
  • the GRE scores of the applicant
  • a writing sample from the applicant
  • any relevant personal experiences that position the applicant for success

The average combined verbal and quantitative GRE score for students entering the program is around 320.

We do not require TOEFL or IETLS scores, though applicants may submit them if they wish. Non-native English speakers who matriculate in the Laney Graduate School will take English as a Second Language (ESL) testing upon arrival on campus for placement in ESL courses.



APPLY HERE (deadline Dec. 15)

Financial Awards

Every student we admit to our Ph.D. program is offered a five-year financial award for full-time study. Financial awards are merit-based, and contingent upon a student maintaining normal progress toward completion of the Ph.D.

Financial awards include both full-tuition scholarships and health insurance subsidies. Tuition scholarships are awards for tuition credits; they are neither cash awards nor stipend dollars.