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Graduate Studies in Political Science

Professor Herman and student

MA in Political Science


The M.A. program requires completing 30 graduate credits. Students may choose to write a thesis. Whether electing to write a thesis or not, the degree can be earned within one year.

PhD in Political Science


Doctoral students receive broad training in quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research, while also concentrating in two of the following substantive fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration and policy, law and courts, or security studies.

Joint Degree Programs, JD


The juris doctor/master of arts and juris doctor/doctor of philosophy in political science are joint degrees which may be conferred by the College of Law and the Syracuse University Department of Political Science. Students enrolled in these programs may obtain a J.D./M.A. or J.D./Ph.D. in political science in less time than would be necessary if both programs were separately pursued. For more information contact studentrecords@law.syr.edu.

Joint Degree Program, MA in International Relations/PhD in Political Science


Joint degree students receive the M.A. in international relations and the Ph.D. (but not the M.A.) in political science by completing a total of 79 credit hours—58 hours of coursework and 21 dissertation credits.The following courses simultaneously count toward both degree programs: PSC 651, PSC 693, PSC 783, PSC 792, PAI 762, and PAI 720 or PAI 723. All joint degree students are required to demonstrate competency in a second modern foreign language, pass qualifying examinations in two chosen fields of specialization, generally by the end of the third year; and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. Contact jjkenn01@syr.edu.

Certificate Programs


Graduate students in political science are eligible to complete graduate certificate programs in civil society organizations, conflict resolution, the European Union and contemporary Europe, Latin American and Caribbean studies, Middle Eastern affairs, security studies, South Asian studies, and a number of other substantive topics.

Political Science Research Workshops

The Political Science Department is a highly engaged, collaborative research environment. Each month, faculty and students meet to present and receive feedback on work in progress.

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Graduate Student Honors and Awards


In addition to graduate assistantships as well as travel and project funding from the Maxwell School's interdisciplinary research centers, the Department of Political Science offers a number of honors and awards for graduate students. These awards are competitive and are used to recognize excellence in research, leadership and pursuing careers focused on civic engagement. 

See a complete list of department awards and recent recipients on our Answers page. 

Student being presented with award by Prof. Tom Keck
Angely Martinez

I am Maxwell.

Being in Maxwell and part of the larger Syracuse University, we have more than enough resources for students to receive grants and scholarships, but also to collaborate with faculty whether you are interested in quantitative studies, qualitative studies or doing a mixed method approach."

Angely Martinez

Ph.D. candidate (political science)

Political Science Department
100 Eggers Hall