Curriculum and Program Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The formal requirements for the Ph.D. are listed below. Please consult the designated sections for additional details.

  • Thirteen courses completed with a grade of B or better of which eleven 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:
    • POLS2000 Research Design (required in the first year)
    • POLS2580 Qualitative Research Methods (required in the first year)
    • Two of the four pro-seminars: POLS2100 American, POLS2110 Theory, POLS2120 Comparative, POLS2130 IR (take them as soon as they are offered)
    • One POLS graduate level political theory course of your choosing
    • A year long prospectus writing seminar worth one course credit: POLS2050 and POLS2051 (required in the third year)
  • Passing preliminary examinations in two of the four general areas (American, Comparative, International Relations, and Political Theory).
  • Completing twelve courses (all except the prospectus course) 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 minimum of two semesters as a Teaching Assistant are required.
  • A written prospectus and a public defense of the proposal for the dissertation.
  • Completion and successful defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.