Political Science, PhD
Mai'a K. Davis Cross, PhD
Graduate Program Director
Rosy Trovato, Graduate Program Administrator, 617.373.4404, email@example.com
The Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science is grounded in the core fields of the discipline—American government and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy. Students identify a primary and secondary field as areas of emphasis. The curriculum introduces students to the core fields and also seeks to develop their research skills through a series of methods courses. Students may develop a traditional, academic focus in one of the fields, or they may combine it with public policy to highlight a policy orientation. The program focuses on preparing students to be academic scholars and teachers as well as practitioners in research and public service. The PhD degree includes completion of required courses, passing a written and oral comprehensive examination, and the successful defense of the dissertation before a faculty committee.
Students entering with a bachelor’s degree must complete 56 semester hours. Students currently in the MA or MPA program and accepted into the PhD program before completing the MA or MPA must complete 56 semester hours as well as all curriculum requirements of the PhD program.
Doctoral Degree Candidacy
Doctoral degree candidacy is attained after successfully completing all course work and passing written and oral comprehensive examinations.
All doctoral students must maintain an overall cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.500 while making progress toward the degree requirements. Students who fall below any applicable standard for two consecutive semesters are subject to dismissal from the graduate program. Additionally, receipt of financial support administered by the department, college, or university is contingent on satisfactory academic progress toward the degree and specific guidelines as published in the terms of award. Students who have ungraded courses or courses graded as incomplete risk no longer being eligible for financial aid awards.
Students who conduct research in a language other than English must demonstrate proficiency as necessary for completion of the dissertation. Language courses do not count as electives.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
Language (as determined by committee)
|Complete 12 semester hours from the following:||12|
|Seminar in Public Policy|
|Seminar in American Government and Politics|
|Seminar in Comparative Politics|
|Seminar in International Relations|
|Inquiry and Design|
|POLS 7201||Research Design||4|
|POLS 7202||Quantitative Techniques||4|
|LPSC 7215||Advanced Quantitative Techniques||4|
|Advanced methods courses from other disciplines may be chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor.|
Courses from other disciplines may be chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor.
|Complete 32 semester hours in the following:||32|
POLS 7200 to POLS 7978
|Exam Preparation—Doctoral (Only required for PhD students who have completed coursework but have yet to complete the comprehensive exam. Required for students who must maintain full-time status while completing thesis or comprehensive exam.)|
|Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:|
|Following completion of two semesters of POLS 9990, registration in the following class is required in each semester (excluding summers) until the dissertation is completed:|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
56 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.500 GPA required