For more information contact
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
Durham, NC 27708-0719
Due to an unexpectedly high yield in last year’s Ph.D. recruiting class, we will not admit any new Ph.D. students for fall 2020.
Our program prides itself on providing a rich educational environment and a collaborative intellectual community, and we could not achieve that with a class of reduced size. We expect to admit a full class for fall 2021. Should you still be considering graduate programs at that time, we would welcome your application.
General InformationDegree offered:
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).
Please upload your 10-20 page writing sample in the Departmental Requirements section of the online application.