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Political Science

Graduate Study

If you are thinking about going to graduate school for a Masters or Ph.D. in Political Science, contact a faculty member who specializes in your area of interest for guidance:

American politics - Bryant, Holyoke, and Cummins

International relations and comparative politics - Kasianenko, Ram, Vieira, Hansen, and Mardon

Law school - Abosch

Public policy / public administration - Bick, Cline, Cummins, and Hansen


Minority student recruitment for graduate study

If you are an undergraduate student from an underrepresented background and are potentially interested in doctoral study of Political Science, consider enrolling yourself – or asking a faculty member to enroll you – in the American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Student Recruitment Program (MRSP).  APSA maintains a database of African-American, Latino/Latina, Native-American, and Asian-Pacific-American undergraduates who have been identified as possible candidates for graduate study in political science.  The database is updated periodically and made available to the nation's top graduate political science programs who are enrolled in the program and interested in recruiting diverse cohorts of doctoral students.  Sophomore, junior, and senior minority students are eligible to participate in MSRP.  Faculty may enroll students they believe would be interested in learning more about doctoral study or students may enroll themselves through the MSRP online form. (

American Political Science Association (APSA) Diversity Fellowship:

If you are a senior applying to Political Science PhD programs, you may be eligible for an APSA Diversity Fellowship of up to $5000.  Applications are typically due in late October and three letters of recommendation are required so you should contact any instructors from whom you might request letters by September.