Placement

Most of our Political Science graduate students intend to seek a teaching position at the university level. The Graduate Program Coordinator can provide information about permanent and temporary positions at Boston area national colleges and universities.

Students seeking employment are responsible for putting together a placement file which the Graduate Program Coordinator will send, at the student’s request, to prospective employers. The placement file should include:

  • A resume, containing up to date information about any awards the student has received, any papers presented at professional meetings, any scholarly publications, or any other information demonstrating the student’s intention to make a contribution to the discipline.
  • Letters of recommendation from faculty who are familiar with the student’s work. Prospective employers will weigh most seriously letters that have not been seen by the student.

If you are interested in recent job market and placement trends in Political Science, the following articles from the American Political Science Association may be of interest to you:

A Longitudinal Look at Political Science Job Postings in APSA e‐Jobs, 2002‐2013 (Updated June 2013)

Snapshot: Three Years of Political Science Doctoral Student Placement (Updated July 2013)

The Job Market and Placement in Political Science in 2009–10