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For more information and resources on graduate admission to Maxwell, please visit our graduate admission website.

Application Deadline: February 1

All required application materials must be submitted by this date to ensure full consideration for admission and financial aid.  

Application Materials 

  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (admitted students must have official transcripts submitted from their degree-granting institutions) 

  • 3 letters of recommendation 

  • Resume or CV 

  • Statement of purpose 

  • English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS are accepted) for international students 

  • GRE scores completed within the last 5 years

**Students facing financial hardship can request an application fee waiver. Visit the graduate admission website for additional information. 

Admission Criteria 

Decisions on admission and financial aid are competitive and are governed by three criteria: evidence of superior academic ability, evidence of focused interdisciplinary research interests, and availability of Maxwell School faculty with interest and scholarly expertise in the areas the applicant wishes to pursue. In consultation with the program chair and their faculty advisors, students design their own programs of study within a general framework of methodology, theory and topical seminars.   

Students must have earned a master's degree prior to enrollment in the Social Science, Ph.D.

Students planning to apply to the Social Science Ph.D. Program should request additional information or contact the program administrator, Tammy Salisbury for advice on how to proceed. Academic questions can also be directed to the program chair, Renée de Nevers to discuss academic issues. See below for contact information. 


Financial Aid 

Students admitted to the Social Science Ph.D. Program are fully funded provided that they continue to meet eligibility requirements of the program. Financial support may come in the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships and tuition scholarships, based entirely on merit. 

Admitted Students 

Admission decisions and next steps information will be communicated via email to the address you listed in your online application. Additional information can be found on the graduate admission website

For More Information 

Request information regarding the program. 

Contact the Program Chair, Renee de Nevers  

Contact the Department Administrator, Tammy Salisbury 

Social Science Ph.D. Program
413 Maxwell Hall