Political Science (PhD)
This program is designed to allow the well-prepared student to complete course requirements for the PhD in two years of full-time study. Students complete a research paper in their second year and take comprehensive examinations during their third year, followed by preparation of a dissertation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Display mastery of at least one subfield in the discipline of political science (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, or Formal Methods) and strong familiarity with another.
- Display the ability to design and produce publishable research.
- Achieve the doctoral degree within six years.
This program is designed to allow the well-prepared student to complete course requirements for the PhD in two years of full-time study. Students complete a research paper in their second year and take comprehensive examinations during their third year, followed by preparation of a dissertation. Requirements for the PhD in political science include the following:
- Completion of 100 credits (18 credits are for dissertation) beyond the bachelor’s degree. Research: [Topic] (PS 601) and Reading and Conference: [Topic] (PS 605) may be taken pass/no pass. All other course work must be taken for letter grades
- Completion of State of the Discipline (PS 620), to be taken the first time it is offered
- Demonstrated proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Completion of a research paper no later than the sixth term of enrollment (excluding summer)
- Completion of required seminars in the two area fields in which the student takes comprehensive examinations. Students should take these seminars as early as possible, and prior to examination
- Passing two comprehensive examinations: one major field and one minor field, selected from the list below. Each field comprises several themes from which the student must choose a subset
- classical and contemporary political theory
- comparative politics
- formal theory and methodology
- international relations
- public policy
- United States politics
- After passing the comprehensive examinations, completion of 18 credits in Dissertation (PS 603), to be taken while completing the PhD dissertation
- Defense of the written dissertation in an oral examination
A complete description of graduate requirements, including an explanation of themes and field requirements, is available on the department website.