Graduate Study

Established in 1924, the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University is part of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the nation’s oldest graduate school of public affairs. Our faculty members pursue a wide variety of scholarly interests and maintain interdisciplinary ties with other Maxwell faculty and programs. We prepare MA and PhD students for careers in research, education, government service, and the private sector. Approximately 50 graduate students are in residence each year, with entering classes averaging 10-12 students. Maintaining our program at this size helps to foster our sense of community.

We enable students to seek jobs both inside and outside the academic arena by assisting them in developing robust research and teaching portfolios with their specific career goals in mind. In addition to developing analytical and writing skills to pursue their own research, students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors. They also learn successful teaching techniques from award-winning faculty, and more advanced students teach courses of their own. We encourage students to attend professional development seminars, workshops, and meetings. Graduates have gone on to positions at research universities and liberal arts colleges, public and private organizations, international organizations, and federal, state, and local governments.

Find more information on the PhD Degree, MA degree, and joint degrees at their links.