Graduate Program

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern offers exceptional resources for the advanced study of politics in its various forms. 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, and enjoy strong support for their research and scholarship – from fieldwork, to methods workshops, to conference travel in the United States and abroad. 

We provide comprehensive training in political science theory and in multiple methods of analysis including quantitative, qualitative, experimental and interpretive methods. Subfield training includes American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and methods.

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. 

The political science department has its own experimental laboratory. The Buffett Institute for Global Studies supports working groups and funds graduate student’s preliminary field research. Certificate programs in Comparative-Historical Social Science and Critical Theory offer unique interdisciplinary training opportunities.  Northwestern also offers a social science oriented Masters in Statistics, and dual degrees with Sciences Po and the Faculty of Law at Northwestern University Law School and the University of Copenhagen. The Program of African Studies and Equality, Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS)  and the Institute for Policy Research  greatly enrich our scholarly community.

We have an excellent placement record, with recent graduates accepting positions as assistant professors at Tulane, Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, Kenyon College, William and Mary, and the University of Montreal.

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