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About Our Program

The Political Science program at the Graduate Center, CUNY consists of a community of scholars dedicated to the tasks of acquiring, expanding, and transmitting reliable knowledge about political phenomena. Its essential function is to educate professional political scientists, capable of independent research and qualified for careers in academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

The Ph.D. and M.A. Programs in Political Science offers three degree programs and features courses in five subfields:

• American Politics
• Comparative Politics
• International Relations
• Political Theory
• Public Policy

In addition, students can specialize in Writing Politics, which trains them to write serious political analysis for an audience outside of the discipline. While the Ph.D. and M.A. Programs feature a diversity of approaches, all students are expected to specialize in and develop an understanding of the discipline as a whole.

If you are a former student of the program and you are interested in apply for readmission, click here for further information about the process.


Alyson Cole, Executive Officer
Phone: 212-817-8670
Fall 2019 Office Hours: Tuesday, 1pm-2pm/4:30pm-5:30pm or by appointment
Room 5202.01
Charles Tien, Deputy Executive Officer 
Phone: 212-817-8670
Fall 2019 Office Hours: Thursday, 2pm-4pm, or by appointment
Room 5202.02

Michael Fortner, M.A. Advisor
Phone: 212-817-8670
Fall 2019 Office Hours: Wednesday, 5pm-7pm, or by appointment 
Room 5200.03

Peter Liberman, Program Admissions Chair
Phone: 212-817-8670
Fall 2019 Office Hours: By appointment only
Room 5200.04

Philip Johnson, M.A. Writing Fellow
Phone: 212-817-8670
Fall 2019 Office Hours: Tuesday, 4pm-6pm & Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
Room 5211
Earl Fleary, Assistant Program Officer

Phone: 212-817-8670