We offer the following graduate degrees:
- Master of Arts
- Doctor of Philosophy
If you are considering attending graduate school to further your education, consider our programs. Our current graduate students have a wide array of political interests. We invite you to visit our graduate student profiles.
Recent graduates have successfully served in a variety of fields and disciplines, and an advanced degree in political science can help create the solid foundation you need for success in your chosen field.
We offer five fields for scholarly study:
- American Government and Public Law
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Political Theory
- Public Administration
Size of Program
We have a distinguished faculty of 17 members, including faculty in the Department of Public Administration, and we enroll approximately 45 M.A. and Ph.D. students. We graduate around four M.A., and four Ph.D. students each year.
Completion Times and Funding Opportunities
Although completion times vary, an M.A. can be completed in four semesters of full-time study. A Ph.D. for M.A. graduates who stay with us can be completed with an additional five to six semesters, which includes course work, comprehensive examinations and dissertation writing. Approximately 80 percent of full-time graduate students secure assistantships or fellowships (with tuition waivers) from us or other units in the university, such as the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Minority graduate students are eligible for the Rhoten A. Smith fellowships awarded by the graduate school.
If you have specific questions about the graduate program, please contact:
Dr. Michael Clark
Director of Graduate Studies
Office: Zulauf Hall 401
Office: Zulauf Hall 415
- Graduate School website
- Current handbook (PDF) - includes information on emphases and degree requirements
- Graduation deadlines (PDF)
- Graduate assistantship application (PDF)
- Graduate catalog
- Graduate course list - includes descriptions and prerequisites
- Graduate School application
- University commencement
- Travel grant guidelines (PDF)
- Graduate student profiles