I found I have a fervent desire to figure out how things work. Northeastern and Political Science offer a range of ways to think about political problems in a real world context that goes well beyond theory. – Gordon Parris, PhD ’19
The department and its faculty are committed to providing doctoral students with an excellent educational experience through coursework, comprehensive examinations, and the dissertation.
Deadline for Fall 2019 Application:
January 4th, 2019
Please note that your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee after the January 4th deadline. When your application is moved into Committee Review you will receive another email alerting you that the committee is reviewing your application.
The PhD in Political Science covers four major fields in the discipline:
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.
All PhD students are fully funded 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.
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.