Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
The Department of Political Science offers a general Ph.D. degree with concentrations in American Politics (including public policy and public law), Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. Beyond mastering the substantive content in these fields of study and developing their own research agendas, students are expected to develop a strong understanding of the tools and approaches central to the scientific study of politics. The program requires students to complete 60 credits beyond the Bachelor of Arts or 48 credits beyond the Master of Arts. The program seeks to prepare students for academic positions at colleges and universities, and non-academic careers in public, private, and non-profit organizations and institutions. It is expected that the students will complete the program in five to six years.