Doctoral students identify a primary and a secondary field among four areas of study offered in the Political Science:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy and Administration

The PhD program of study consists of 45 hours of graduate course work, including:

  • 12 hours in a primary field of study
  • 9 hours in a secondary field of study
  • 13 hours in methodology

Up to 24 hours of courses from a student's master's program may be counted toward the doctoral degree, at the discretion of the student's doctoral committee. The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 72 hours of course credit including reading and research hours.

Students typically take comprehensive exams in the spring of the third year. After passing the comprehensive examination, students work on independent research and a dissertation under the advisement of a doctoral committee.


Graduate Program Assistant
Audra Jenkins