The Graduate Program offers rigorous training in the discipline of political science, equipping students to undertake original research in their area of interest. The program is overseen by the Graduate Faculty of Political Science, a diverse community of scholars drawn from the Political Science Department as well as the Pardee School of Global Studies, the School of Law, and the Department of Earth & Environment. Students may also take advantage of the broader resources in the Boston area. The Ph.D. program admits around six new students a year and includes about 40 students at various stages of their graduate studies. Questions about financial aid are addressed on the department’s financial aid webpage. A full list of graduate courses can be found in the GRS bulletin.
Students interested in applying to Ph.D. program can find application requirements here.
Approximately thirty-five political science professors offer courses in the five core fields of the discipline and public policy.
American Politics includes courses on the presidency, the judiciary, legislative process, political parties, interest groups, campaigns and election, social movements, American political development and political culture.
Comparative Politics covers subjects such as comparative political economy, democratization, institutional analysis and comparative public policy in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
International Relations and Foreign Policy includes classes on the history and theories of international relations, foreign relations of selected areas (U.S., China, Latin America, the former Soviet Union, and Africa), strategy and arms control.
Political Theory surveys the historical and analytic approaches of the works of classical political philosophers; theories of justice, liberty, and authority; American political thought; and the philosophy of the social sciences.
Political Methodology explores the use of quantitative and qualitative methods used to study politics. It combines research design, statistics, mathematics, and formal theory.
Public Policy analyzes U.S. national, comparative, and urban public policy as well as methods in the study of public policy.
For a list of recent PhD placements see our Placement page.