Prospective Students

Thank you for considering Northwestern for your graduate studies. The Department of Political Science has a strong history of success in training scholars for research and teaching positions at universities and colleges, both in the United States and around the world. A recent study (Schmidt and Chingos, 2007)*, published by the American Political Science Association (APSA), ranked Northwestern's Political Science department ninth in the nation for graduate placement into faculty positions.

On this page you will find links to explanations of the application process, the materials required, financial support provided and housing. Please take time to read over these, along with the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Questions concerning the graduate program, including admissions requirements and application procedures, should be directed to pol-sci-admissions@northwestern.edu.

*Schmidt, B.M. and Chingos, M.M. (2007), 'Ranking Doctoral Programs by Placement: A New Method' PS: Political Science and Politics (Vol. 40, No. 3), pp. 539-543