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Graduate Admissions

The application for Fall 2015 admission to the Political Science PhD program is now closed. The application deadline was December 2nd, 2014.  The application for Fall 2016 admission will open in September 2015.

Preparing to Apply

Before starting the application process please read the information about the graduate program requirements and read our Frequently Asked Questions.   All questions regarding graduate admissions should be directed to Jennifer Radley.

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.  We offer courses and research opportunities in a wide variety of fields in the discipline, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Political Methodology.  The program is built around small seminars that analyze critically the literature of a field or focus on a research problem. These courses prepare students for the Ph.D. comprehensive exam requirement within a two-year period and for work on the doctoral dissertation.  

Admission to the graduate program in political science is highly selective.  About fourteen to eighteen students, chosen from a large pool of applicants, enter the program each year.  The small size of our student body allows more individual work with members of the faculty than most graduate programs. It also makes possible financial assistance in one form or another to most students admitted to the Ph.D. program. 

Graduate Admissions FAQ

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: