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Political Science

For more information contact

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
Duke University
Box 90204
Durham, NC  27708-0719
(919) 660-4336


General Information

Degree offered:
M.A., Ph.D., JD/MA (Note: Applicants interested in the JD/MA will make application to the Law School rather than to the Graduate School.)
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
100% (no financial aid for M.A.)
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General. English test for all international students pursuant to requirements of the Graduate School.
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The graduate program in Political Science is designed primarily to prepare students for research and teaching. Major fields of specialization are:  Political Institutions; Political Economy; Security, Peace and Conflict; Political Behavior and Identity; Political Methodology; and Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy.  Students can also integrate courses of study around a common theme, such as Race Ethnicity and Politics; Religion and Politics; or Law and Politics. Students can supplement their training with coursework in other departments including Anthropology, Economics, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Public Policy, Sociology, and Statistics.

Our department goals are served by close and supportive relations with the faculty and with other students.  Typically, about 10-13 new graduate students enter each year.  The ratio of students in residence to faculty is approximately 2:1.

Resources for study include the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI); Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology; Political Institutions and Public Choice (PIPC); Program in Asia Security Studies; Social Science Workshop for Chinese Scholars; Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS); and Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM).

Other Requirements

Please upload your 10-20 page writing sample in the Departmental Requirements section of the online application. 


Spring Application

PhD and master’s