Curriculum and Program Requirements
5th year Masters degree (A.M.)
The 5th year Masters degree is open to Brown Undergraduates only. The formal requirements for the A.M. are 8 graduate level (2000 and above) POLS courses with a grade of B or better. There are no tracks and no thesis required. Transfer credits are not accepted. Students can take up to two graduate level courses during their undergraduate studies but those courses cannot count toward their concentration requirements. Advisors must be Political Science faculty.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The formal requirements for the Ph.D. are listed below. Please consult the designated sections for additional details.
- Twelve courses completed with a grade of B or better of which ten of those courses must be taken in the Department of Political Science. All courses must be 2000-level graduate seminars. You may take up two courses in a related discipline without prior approval.
- The following courses are required:
- One of two statistics courses: POLS2580 or POLS2590
- Two of the four pro-seminars: POLS2100, POLS2110, POLS2120, POLS2130
- A year long prospectus writing seminar worth one course credit, POLS2050 / POLS2051
- Passing preliminary examinations in two of the four general areas (American, Comparative, International Relations, and Political Theory).
- Completing all coursework and passing the preliminary exams (both written and oral) constitute the requirements for formal admission to candidacy for the Ph.D.
- Teaching experience under the supervision of a member of the faculty in both the main field of expertise and in a second field.
- A written prospectus and a public defense of the proposal for the dissertation.
- Completion and successful defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.