Graduate Program

The Ph.D. program in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science offers students outstanding opportunities for intellectual growth, professional development, and success in their careers. 

With exceptional strength in six main fields—American politics, comparative politics, constitutional studies, international relations, methodology, and political theory—Notre Dame’s Ph.D. program in political science features: 

  • A large department with more than 50 tenure-track or tenured professors 
  • Internationally renowned faculty who publish in top journals and presses, secure major grants, and win national and international research awards 
  • An excellent faculty/student ratio with approximately 12 new graduate students enrolled each year
  • A joint Ph.D. program in Political Science and Peace Studies in partnership with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Considerable faculty-student collaboration and co-authorship on research projects, articles, and book chapters 
  • Substantial resources for graduate education and research 
  • An outstanding track record of graduate student success in fellowships and grants, publishing and job placement
  • An accessible, intellectual community that offers programming and funding through various institutes and centers