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PhD in Political Science Curriculum

The Political Science Department's program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy requires a minimum of three years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate or the equivalent over a longer period and the satisfactory completion of the University at Albany's residence requirement. (Students are required to have one full year in residence beyond the master's degree. She/he must be registered for a minimum of 24 credits taken in two regular sessions, or a regular and a summer session. However, registration does not have to occur in consecutive semesters).

Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Political Science must complete 60 credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree in seminars and through independent study.  The program curriculum includes a set of required courses and completion of a foreign language requirement or advanced research tool requirement.  See the PhD Handbook for detailed course information.

In addition to required course work, a doctoral candidate must demonstrate competence in a major field and a second field (see subfields below), and in one of the two research tool options. A dissertation accepted by the student's committee and conforming to University guidelines is required to complete the program. In general, the dissertation is expected to demonstrate that the candidate is capable of doing independent scholarly work that will modify or enlarge what has previously been known.

Political Science Subfields

Visit faculty webpages for information about their teaching and research interests, publications, links to online papers, and CVs.