Graduate Program

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern offers exceptional resources for the advanced study of politics in a wide range of areas. The graduate program aspires to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline with concentration in a particular program area. Subfields include American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and methods.

The program reflects an effort to combine the most recent developments in the humanities and other social sciences with those in political science. Committed to excellence in research and teaching, methodological diversity, and interdisciplinary collaborations, the department offers a stimulating intellectual community that is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity for students and faculty of all backgrounds.

Our graduate students benefit from the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars in the field; enjoy access to first-rate libraries on a beautiful lakefront campus next to a world-class city, participate in a variety of research centers and institutes, including the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, and enjoy strong support for their research and scholarship – from fieldwork, to methods workshops, to conference travel in the United States and abroad.

All Northwestern graduate students receive five years of guaranteed funding. We also provide generous support for professional development, including workshops on publishing, grant-writing, dissertation prospectus development, conference participation, work/life balance, and success on the academic and non-academic job markets. We have an excellent placement record, with recent graduates accepting positions as assistant professors at Tulane, University of Michigan, University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, Leiden University, William and Mary, and the University of Montreal.

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