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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
Fall 2020 Remote Office hours: Tuesdays, 11am-1pm (to make an appointment, click here)


Charles Tien, Deputy Executive Officer
Fall 2020 Remote Office Hours: Mondays, 1pm-3pm (to make an appointment, click here)


Michael Fortner, M.A. Advisor
Fall 2020 Remote Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm (to make an appointment, click here)


Robyn Marasco, Program Admissions Chair
Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only


Osha Smith-Gittelman, M.A. Writing Fellow
Fall 2020 Remote Office Hours: Wednesdays, by appointment only


Earl Fleary, Assistant Program Officer