Admissions & Financial Aid

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Successful applicants to the Program have an accredited masters degree and  defined research interests that would be best accomplished within an interdisciplinary program. 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.  Student walking in front of Maxwell Hall

The Ph.D. in Social Science prepares students to undertake a broad range of careers: college and university research and teaching; nonacademic research; consulting; public service; organizational administration; and institutional leadership.  

Decisions on admissions 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. Students planning to apply to the Social Science program should first contact the Program Administrator, Tammy Salisbury ( ) for advice on how to proceed and may also contact the Program Chair, Renée de Nevers ( ) to discuss academic issues.

The Social Science Program each year awards financial support in the form of  graduate assistantships, fellowships and tuition scholarships to its students, based entirely on merit. Graduate assistantships and fellowships are offered to all admitted students, and are for at least four years of support, covering full tuition, stipend and benefits. Students with Social Science graduate assistantships are typically assigned to work with individual Maxwell faculty as research or teaching assistants. Matches are consistent with the student's teaching and research interests to the extent possible. Admission and financial aid decisions are made by the middle of March for the following year.

Visit the online application page.