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Political Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
University rank #71 (BCR) Atlanta, GA, United States
The goal of our PhD program is to prepare students to research and teach at top academic institutions. To achieve this goal, we have designed a program that covers a variety of substantive areas but is united in its emphasis on both theory-building and empirical analysis. 
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Overview

  • We encourage "learning by doing" through close faculty-student mentoring. As a result, our students have had significant success in obtaining tenure-track positions both at research universities such as University of Chicago and University of Michigan and liberal arts colleges such as Middlebury and Wellesley. On the strength of our placements, a recent ranking in PS: Political Science and Politics places our department among the top 20 political science graduate programs in the country.
  • The requirements of the program are designed to provide opportunities to our students to develop and practice the skills necessary to become successful researchers. We offer a variety of substantive courses in three major fields - American government and politics, Comparative politics, and International relations - from which students discover and develop their own substantive interests. Through our methods training, students develop the sophisticated methodological tools they need to pursue their research puzzles and questions. Besides coursework, students present a paper at a poster session in spring of their second year, and write and present a scholarly paper in the departmental speaker series in the fall semester of their third year. In addition, students participate in a dissertation colloquium in which they develop a written proposal for the doctoral dissertation that is defended before the faculty of the program. With nearly thirty faculty and cohorts of about six students per year, our high faculty-student ratio ensures that each student receives significant guidance throughout the program. These faculty-student partnerships often have led to collaboration on published scholarly works and major research projects.
  • We focus on training our graduate students to be excellent teachers as well as superior scholars. The Teacher Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) program is an intensive colloquium in which third-year students are exposed to a variety of pedagogical tools. As part of the TATTO program, students co-teach an undergraduate course with a faculty member so that they have hands-on experience in developing a syllabus, class material, and tools for evaluating students.
  • Graduate students benefit from generous financial assistance from the department and the university. Every student admitted into the doctoral program receives five years of financial support, including a full tuition grant, a stipend for living expenses, and partial coverage of health insurance. Most students are able to receive support beyond their fifth year, as well as during summers. We also offer substantial funding for students to present papers at conferences, take summer courses in foreign languages and research methodology, and pursue their own research projects on campus, across the country, and around the world.

Accreditation

The systematic study of politics is one of the oldest scholarly disciplines, with an intellectual lineage that
includes Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, and Tocqueville. Political scientists approach the study of
politics from a variety of theoretical, normative, and methodological perspectives, all oriented toward
understanding and explaining political life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The graduate curriculum in political science incorporates five fields: 

  •  American Government and Politics
  •  Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Theories and Methods of Political Inquiry

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Minimum qualifications for admission include GRE scores at or above the fiftieth percentile on all three portions of the exam and an undergraduate grade average of B or higher.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admissions decisions are based upon careful review of all components of the application: previous academic record, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, relevant personal experience, a writing sample, and the personal statement.

There are no specific foreign language requirements for the PhD. However, students whose doctoral research requires knowledge of a foreign language may be required by the dissertation committee to acquire and demonstrate the necessary proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25295 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    50590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25295 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Atlanta

  • 1213 - 2210 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Graduate students benefit from generous financial assistance from the department and the university. Every student admitted into the doctoral program receives five years of financial support, including a full tuition grant, a stipend for living expenses, and partial coverage of health insurance. Most students are able to receive support beyond their fifth year, as well as during summers. We also offer substantial funding for students to present papers at conferences, take summer courses in foreign languages and research methodology, and pursue their own research projects on campus, across the country, and around the world.

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