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Graduate Programs

If you are interested in graduate study in political science, the University of Minnesota's Department of Political Science provides excellent opportunities. We have distinguished and diverse faculty, who are strongly committed to working closely with students, and bright and dedicated graduate students, who typically receive full financial support to pursue their degrees. Our location in a major research university in one of the larger metropolitan areas in the country provides exciting extra-departmental opportunities.

The Department of Political Science offers a full PhD program in Political Science. We do not admit to a terminal master’s degree; however, students in the PhD program may earn a master’s degree on the way to their doctorate.

Graduate Programs

PhD Program At-A-Glance

  • Average course load per term - 9-12 credits (3-4 courses)
  • Total credits required - 36 course credits and 24 thesis credits
  • Average GPA - 3.68
  • Number active students in program - 73
  • Years of full funding - 5
CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.