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Political Science (Dual Degree with Columbia University), Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #242 (QS) ,
The dual degree PhD program in Political Science between Columbia and Sciences Po is the first one of its kind between the two institutions. 


Building on a decade of strong existing collaboration between the two institutions through the Alliance Program, this dual degree will further their mission to extend their global engagement by supporting the international training and scholarly approach of a new generation of political scientists.

This dual degree program allows students to spend two years at the partner institution, during which students take courses, conduct research, write a dissertation under the direction of a joint CU-Sciences Po dissertation committee, and eventually become eligible for the PhD degrees of both institutions. Students will be granted with a unique opportunity to widen their knowledge of their discipline in a transatlantic environment, as well as pursuing their doctoral research under the supervision of transatlantic teams of excellence.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In order to complete the thesis requirement for the PhD partnership, there will be a single dissertation defense that will take place at the home institution. Procedures for distribution and defense of the dissertation will meet those required at the home institution: the Sciences Po student defends at Sciences Po according to Sciences Po procedures.

The composition of the defense committee follows the requirements of Sciences Po with the addition of the student’s advisor at Columbia, who will attend the defense.

Students are required to meet the filing/deposit procedures for both institutions. As part of the defense,the Sciences Po student must submit a 100-page summary of his or her dissertation in English to his or her committee. Any bibliographies or lists of references are in addition to the 100 pages of summary.

Upon successful defense of the dissertation at Sciences Po and filing/deposit of the dissertation(including the French/English summary) in keeping with the Sciences Po’s rules, the student will be granted the doctoral degrees of both institutions. 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Required materials include:
  • a cover letter
  • a detailed CV and a list of publications
  • a 10-page thesis proposal
  • a one-page thesis summary
  • three letters of recommendation (including one from the Sciences Po thesis supervisor and one from the Columbia University thesis supervisor) directly sent by the authors to Marie-Hélène Kremer electronically
  • proof of language proficiency (less than 2 years old): TOEFL (minimum score: 250, 600, or 100 depending on the version of the test) or IELTS (minimum score: 7)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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