PhD in Political Science
Gain research-focused expertise in the study of politics and government in the U.S. and abroad, preparing you for influential roles in academia, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations.
The PhD in Political Science program at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. The program allows you to combine your studies with experience in the kinds of complex domestic and international political organizations you will be studying.
This model for political science education, patterned after the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellows Program, is designed to foster scholarship and a firsthand understanding of domestic and international institutions such as think tanks, international bodies, nongovernmental organizations, journals of political opinion, and congressional and executive branch offices.
The Schar School's political science graduate programs are ranked in the top twenty percent in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. With over eighty full-time faculty, the Schar School is one of the largest and most vibrant schools of its kind. The faculty hold degrees not only in political science, but also in economics, sociology, international relations, geography, regional science, international relations, civil engineering, medicine, history, anthropology, organizational behavior, and law.
Political science doctoral students specialize in one of four fields:
- American Politics and Government
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Public Administration
Browse course descriptions and learn more about the political science doctoral program's degree requirements.
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