The application for Fall 2013 admission to the PhD program is now closed. The application for Fall 2014 admission will be available in September 2013. The principal goal of the Stanford Ph.D. program in political science is the training of scholars. Most students who receive doctorates in the program do research and teach at colleges or universities. Admission to the graduate program in political science is highly selective. About twelve to fifteen students, chosen from a large pool of applicants, enter the program each year.Before starting the application process, please read the information about the graduate program requirements and take a look at our list of Frequently Asked Questions. The Department of Political Science does not offer a Master's program. Questions regarding graduate admissions should be directed to carambula [at] stanford [dot] edu (Chandelle Arambula).
Once you are ready to apply, you can access the admissions application through the Office of Graduate Admissions. A complete application consists of the following documentation:
The Department is generally able to offer financial assistance to all students in the Ph.D. program (both domestic and international) who are making satisfactory progress. This assistance normally covers the full cost of tuition and an additional amount for living expenses during the academic year. The latter amount is usually in the form of a stipend, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. Although the Department cannot formally guarantee support beyond the first year, it expects to continue to provide five years of support for Ph.D. students. Current information regarding tuition, fees, and living expenses can be found here.
The Department encourages students in all stages of the program to apply for funding from outside sources. To learn more about such opportunities, visit our page listening Additional Sources of Funding.
Still have questions? Please visit our list of frequently asked questions. You may also find the following links useful if you have general questions about student life and graduate study at Stanford University: