Political Protest - Midtown New York

Political Science

Join a community of scholars dedicated to the tasks of acquiring, expanding, and transmitting reliable knowledge about political phenomena.
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Political Protest - Midtown New York

Join a community of scholars dedicated to the tasks of acquiring, expanding, and transmitting reliable knowledge about political phenomena.

Learn more about the Program

Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Political Science

5 Subfields

M.A. in Political Science

5 Subfields

Admissions Deadlines

December 15 for Ph.D. and priority deadline for M.A.
April 15 final deadline for M.A.
(fall enrollment only/no spring enrollment)

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The essential function of the Political Science program at the Graduate Center 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.

Our program includes over 55 faculty, who conduct innovative research and teach courses on a wide range of important political phenomena.

Students in the Political Science program are trained to become professional political scientists. Students develop a substantive knowledge of politics and increase their analytical and critical skills. The program offers an M.A., an en-route M.A. to the Ph.D., and a Ph.D.

Students focus their studies in one of five subfields, and can specialize in Writing Politics, which trains them to write serious political analysis for audiences outside of the discipline.

The Graduate Center’s location in the heart of Manhattan allows students to participate in opportunities unique to New York City. Home to the United Nations, policy research institutes, nonprofit organizations, and the heart of one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic cities, there is nothing quite like studying politics in New York.


Your course of study features courses in five subfields:

Courses taught by our intellectually and methodologically diverse faculty focus on public opinion, voting behavior, party polarization, elections, race and ethnicity, political thought, constitutional law, and national institutions.

Known for their wide-ranging interests and interdisciplinary expertise, professors in this discipline provide a supportive environment for training, debate, collaboration, and research.

Your study of international organizations, law, human rights, political economy, and security is enhanced by access to The Graduate Center’s renowned Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.

Exploring intersections of power and ethics, courses draw on various critical approaches to promote political understanding, featuring high-profile topics such as feminist political theory and post-colonial perspectives.

Our cutting-edge public policy subfield equips students to engage with the complex problems confronting governments at every level while preparing them for careers in policy, advocacy, government, and NGOs.

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Jack Jacobs

Acting Executive Officer and Professor, Political Science

Peter Romaniuk

Deputy Executive Officer and Admissions Chair, Political Science

Earl Fleary

Assistant Program Officer, Political Science

Samantha Majic

Professor, Political Science; Professor, Criminal Justice

Theresa Moses

College Assistant, Political Science