Student Resources

The following resources aid current graduate students in planning their doctoral program, funding their attendance and conferences, and participating in the departmental community.

Graduate Studies Manual

A detailed description of the graduate program in Political Science.

2021-2022 Comprehensive Exam Dates

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Comprehensive Examinations and Guidelines

Field Expectations for Annual Reviews

Forms

Guides & Handouts

Travel and Expense Reporting

Use the Graduate Student Expense Report Guide to assist you in your expense reporting. Please direct any specific questions to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

  • Updated 2021-2022 Political Science Conference Funding Policy
  • Student Business Travel Certification Form - A completed Student Business Travel Certification Form must be submitted with a travel expense report when requesting reimbursement to a student for University business travel in order for the payment to be made on a tax-free basis under the University’s Accountable Plan rules. Please email a copy to the Graduate Studies Coordinator in advance of submitting your expense report.

  • Mileage Justification Form - The purpose of this form is to document mileage claimed when using a personal automobile for a business trip that is in excess of 1,000 miles (round-trip).

Gender Studies Minor

Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science have the opportunity to complete a minor concentration in the Gender Studies Program. A graduate minor gives students opportunities to interact with other students and faculty from numerous disciplines, contributing to the ability to expand and deepen their degree. For doctoral students, combining gender studies with political science can promote their candidacy for a wider range of tenure-track positions. For more information, visit the Gender Studies website.

Peace Studies Minor

Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science have the opportunity to complete a minor concentration in Peace Studies. The graduate minor gives students access to classes taught by core faculty members at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, who are among the premier scholars in the field. For doctoral students, combining concentrated coursework in peace studies with political science can enhance their scholarship and expand their professional opportunities. For more information, visit the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies website.