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 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. Students may also choose methods as their secondary field, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Methods Field Chair.


Application Deadlines


December 15: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

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

All or nearly all students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.