Political Science

On the Web

Department of Political Science Website

Degree Offered

Application Requirements

  • GRE General Test
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample (typically 15-35 pages) that demonstrates an applicant’s capacity for systematic and careful thought, reasoned argument, and clear writing about political phenomena

Application Deadline

  • Fall: December 15

Political Science

In an exceptionally collaborative department, Political Science graduate students at Notre Dame learn from more than 45 faculty members, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized scholars. Faculty interests are diverse, making it possible for graduate students to explore almost any area of political science and most regions of the world. The program boasts excellence in American politics; comparative politics; Constitutional studies; international relations; and political theory. Read more about graduate studies in Political Science at Notre Dame.

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Director of Graduate Studies
Karrie Koesel
Telephone: (574) 631-9017
Fax: (574) 631-4450
Email: psdgs@nd.edu

Financial Support

Tuition Scholarships
Stipend Support
Health Insurance Subsidy
Professional Development

Cost of Living

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