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 students interested in academic positions as well as research and policy careers. The department and its faculty are committed to providing doctoral students with an excellent educational experience through coursework, comprehensive examinations, and the dissertation.
Above: Prof. Sullivan and PhD student Zeynep Balcioglu, a Turkish native, organized a workshop in Istanbul, March 2016, to develop policy recommendations on the Syrian Refugee crisis and the impact on Turkey. Sullivan is Founding Director of BCARS, the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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.
For more information on requirements for the PhD program see the Course Catalog.
- Critique, compare and contrast, in the context of relevant literature, key theories involving the political processes, institutions, actors, and ideas in each of the following fields:
- American Government and Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Public Policy
- Investigate and analyze contemporary political issues in the context of underlying theories in political science
- Apply and evaluate research methods and statistical research skills related to the study of political science
- Communicate effectively in written and oral formats relevant to the field of political science
- Design, create, and defend an original significant contribution to knowledge in the field of political science through the use of original and secondary sources of evidence
- Develop and practice professional behavior in research and/or teaching