Information for Prospective Students

Northwestern University’s Department of Political Science has 40 full time faculty studying politics in its many forms. We offer graduate training in the five main sub-fields of political science: American  politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory and methods. Our faculty are leaders in their respective fields, with research interests that span sub-fields. We let the questions guide the choice of investigatory method, and encourage students to ask big questions and to incorporate  diverse and multiple methods as they study politics in its many forms. We offer a full range of methods and theory training courses, providing our students with the skills they need to think big. You can read more about our graduate training strengths in our program brochure.

We have an excellent record of training and placing our students in research and teaching positions at universities and colleges, both in the United States and around the world. A 2007 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. Our recent placements are available online

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.

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