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PhD in Political Science

What sets the Doctoral Program in Political Science at Rockefeller College apart?

Our curriculum is broad and flexible

The Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany is the only department of Political Science among the State University of New York university centers to offer graduate study leading to an MA and PhD in all subfields of the discipline.  While each subfield offers a unique approach to research and teaching and a diverse set of faculty experts, all of our subfields collectively focus our program on educating and training students across the various approaches in the discipline of political science as a whole.

Our department is committed to the individualized education and professional development of our graduate students, from admission through a student's entry into the academic job market

The faculty of the Department of Political Science at Rockefeller College is invested in teaching a problem-driven approach to research, drawing from all schools of thought and available methodologies.  We prepare our students to conduct original research, beginning with graduate seminars through dissertations and first publications. Faculty mentorship at every professional stage is our key to student success!

Our graduates get good academic jobs and make a difference in the fields of politics and public affairs.

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We are located in the largest state capital in the U.S., providing unparalleled opportunities for the study of politics and policymaking.