Ph.D. On Campus

Political Science

Northern Arizona University

24 months
25708 USD/year
25708 USD/year
10480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Political Science program of the Northern Arizona University prepares you for a career in higher education, research, government, or public service-with a choice of three Emphases.


Purpose Statement

The Political Science program of the Northern Arizona University provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and participate in the political systems of the United States and the world.  This degree provides a broad perspective on experiences, international and domestic, from both theory and practice.

This degree builds a strong foundation in the expert knowledge of the political world.  The emphasis area of American Politics and Public Administration analyzes political science through the American context.  It focuses upon institutional characteristics, behavioral aspects, bureaucracy and management.  The emphasis area of Comparative Politics and International Relations compares countries and regions and examines the international system and its processes.  The emphasis area of Public Policy focuses upon policies created and implemented in political systems and uses analytical method to evaluate current public policies, political actors’ behavior, political events, and institutional arrangements within a diverse world.

Building upon this fundamental knowledge, our curriculum ensures that students will define, design, and carry out original scholarly research projects in political science.  In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective oral and written demonstrations of their work in public presentations, including scholarly presentations to academics at professional political science conferences.  Students will also leave this program ready to teach at a university level and to engage in professional research.

Our goal is to train students to be active, engaged, and informed participants in the global system who can not only understand the world around them but also shape and influence it.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Political Inquiry
  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Political Theory
  • Policy Process
  • Government Budgeting
  • Political Economy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


63 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency
  • A bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above or  6 units of subsequent coursework at the graduate level with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • GRE revised General Test
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25708 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25708 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10480 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Flagstaff

1010 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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