Ph.D. Degree

Ph.D. in Political Science

Our program is designed to meet the distinctive needs of individual graduate students. You will explore the breadth of the discipline while engaging in specific research areas. Our degree encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of political science and, as a result, our students emerge with an adaptability that is essential to intellectual and professional growth.

Our Ph.D. requires both substantive and methodological preparation. In addition to these requirements, you must also complete a minor area of study in a program outside of our department. You are often able to study in areas that complement your interests in political science while gaining an introduction to important theories and constructs in other fields. Many of IU's social science and humanities programs are nationally ranked.