The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science program serves students interested in academic positions as well as research and policy careers. The department and its faculty are committed to providing doctoral students with an excellent educational experience through coursework, comprehensive examinations, and the dissertation.
The curriculum introduces students to all four fields and also develops their research skills through a series of methodology 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 PhD in Political Science covers four major fields in the discipline:
American Government and Politics
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here from the department and here from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
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All PhD students are fully funded for 5 years via a Tuition Assistantship which includes stipend, full tuition, and student health insurance.
For more information on requirements for the PhD program see the Course Catalog.
Critique, compare and contrast, in the context of relevant literature, key theories involving the political processes, institutions, actors, and ideas in the core scholarly areas of Political Science
Investigate and analyze contemporary political issues in the context of underlying theories in political science
Apply and evaluate research methods and statistical research skills related to the study of political science
Communicate effectively in written and oral formats relevant to the field of political science
Design, create, and defend an original significant contribution to knowledge in the field of political science through the use of original and secondary sources of evidence
Develop and practice professional behavior in research and/or teaching
The Experiential PhD gives PhD students in College of Social Sciences and Humanities opportunities to collaborate with, and work in, arts and education organizations, local and state agencies, non-profits and businesses in the Boston area and beyond. For more information visit the CSSH Website.
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