Ph.D. On Campus

Political Science

University of Tennessee Knoxville

36 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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The PhD program prepares students for careers in college teaching, as well as careers in other occupations related to service in the public or private sectors. The Political Science program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



Doctoral students admitted to the program must complete a minimum of 72 semester graduate credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credit for a master’s thesis. These credit hours include 24 credit hours of Doctoral Research and Dissertation and a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours in other courses graded A-F. 

Students also must pass a written comprehensive examination in one broad field of political science (American government and politics; public administration; comparative government and politics; or international relations), must complete one cross-field concentration (in methodology, public policy, or political economy), and must pass a final oral examination on the dissertation.

Students undertaking a major field or dissertation in Comparative Politics are required to demonstrate a proficiency in a foreign language. However, this requirement may be waived by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Comparative politics faculty. The Political Science program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scope and Methods in Political Science
  • Research Design
  • Quantitative Political Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
  • A non-refundable application fee 
  • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
  • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
  • Departmental application
  • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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    13380 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
Living costs

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