I found I have a fervent desire to figure out how things work. Northeastern and Political Science offer a range of ways to think about political problems in a real world context that goes well beyond theory. – Gordon Parris, PhD ’19
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science program serves an audience of students interested in research and policy careers as well as academic positions. The department and its faculty are committed to providing doctoral students with an excellent educational experience through coursework, comprehensive examinations, and the dissertation.
The PhD in Political Science covers four major fields in the discipline:
The curriculum introduces students to all four fields and also develops their research skills through a series of methodology courses. Students may develop a traditional, academic focus in one of the fields, or they may combine it with public policy to highlight a policy orientation.