Graduate Programs

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Political Science and International Relations: Ph.D., M.A.


The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The graduate program is a Ph.D.-focused program consisting of coursework during the first six semesters followed by dissertation research and writing. The M.A. degree is a two-year, 39-credit program. The Ph.D. program is a 63-credit program.

Graduate study in the department is organized around four major subfields within the discipline of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Ph.D. students are required to pick one of these major subfields within the discipline as their primary field and a second subfield as their secondary field.

Alternatively, students may construct an interdisciplinary secondary field in consultation with a faculty member and with the approval of the director of graduate studies. Examples of such secondary fields include gender and politics, research methods, and political psychology. M.A. students complete a primary subfield only.


Application Deadlines


December 15: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2022-2023 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $979.