Graduate Programs

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Political Science and International Relations: Ph.D.


The Department of Political Science and International Relations currently offers a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree, which consists of coursework during the first six semesters followed by dissertation research and writing. Students earn an M.A. as part of their Ph.D.​ studies. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at the time of matriculation to be eligible to apply to the Ph.D. program. The Department does not currently offer a terminal M.A. degree. The Ph.D. program is a 57-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. In addition to the four major subfields, students can choose Methods as their secondary field.


Application Deadlines


December 15: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.

All admitted PhD students receive a 9-month stipend and full tuition scholarship for 5 years.