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The graduate program in Political Science is structured for full-time study. Students enter the program in the fall semester. The graduate program in Political Science is small and selective, emphasizing close interaction between faculty and students.

Approximately forty students are presently enrolled at various stages of study. Six or seven new students matriculate each year. Every student admitted to the Ph.D. program is offered a five-year fellowship. Admissions decisions are based upon careful review of all components of the application:

  • previous academic record
  • letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • relevant personal experience
  • a writing sample
  • the personal statement

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

Candidates for admission should have a strong academic preparation in political science or related disciplines.

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 ESL testing upon arrival on campus for placement in ESL courses.


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Financial Awards

All students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive offers of financial assistance. These merit-based awards normally comprise full-tuition grants, fellowships, health insurance subsidies, and research assistantships.

Standard awards require students to work during the academic year assisting with faculty research and teaching. Stipend awards represent a commitment of support for five years of study, contingent upon a student maintaining normal progress toward the PhD degree.

For 2020-21 the current standard stipend level is $31,775 plus 100% coverage of health insurance premiums.

University-Wide Fellowships

Along with regular departmental awards, exceptional applicants may be eligible for enhanced university-wide fellowships awarded through the Laney Graduate School.

Fellowships offered through the Graduate School include the George W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Centennial Scholars Fellowship, and the Laney Fellowship. All applicants are automatically considered for all awards.

For more information on these awards, refer to the Funding page of the Laney Graduate School's website.