Graduate Program

The Department of Political Science offers graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science. The Ph.D. is earned through a combination of coursework and dissertation. The program is designed to provide students with both a general training in political science and the opportunity to specialize in their areas of interest. Click here for more details on our graduate program.

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Click here to see our students’ recent awards and publications.

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Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for the department of political science at UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The political science department fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. We commit ourselves to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment in our learning spaces and workspaces.

Click here for more information on our program’s career placement and to see where our grads are now.

Click here for a listing of our current graduate courses.