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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.


Alyson Cole, Executive Officer
Phone: 212-817-8670
Spring 2018 Office Hours: Thursdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm 
Peter Liberman, Deputy Executive Officer and Admissions Committee Chair
Phone: 212-817-8670
Spring 2018 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Charles Tien, M.A. Advisor
Phone: 212-817-8675
Spring 2018 Office Hours: Mondays, 3:15pm-4:15pm; 6:30pm-7:30pm

Bradley N. Young, M.A. Writing Fellow
Phone: 212-817-8670
Spring 2018 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm (via Skype only)
Earl Fleary, Assistant Program Officer

Phone: 212-817-8670