Duke University Political Science

Graduate Studies in Political Science

The graduate program at Duke is a top ten research program that has an excellent placement record, close and informal research relationships between faculty and students, and a supportive and collegial environment. In a recent national survey Duke ranked in the top two programs nationally in overall graduate student satisfaction.

The department offers a truly innovative program of graduate training.  Departing from the conventions of the discipline, the department is organized around subfields that address major theoretical questions about political life, encourage collaboration across intellectual boundaries, and place us at the frontiers of the discipline.  The graduate program in Political Science at Duke University offers training in six broad sub-fields:  Political Institutions; Political Economy; Security, Peace and Conflict; Political Behavior and Identity; Political Methodology; and Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy.  Students can also integrate courses of study around a common theme, such as Race & Ethnic Politics and supplement their training with coursework in other departments, including Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Public Policy, Sociology.  Graduate students enrolled at Duke may also take up to two approved courses per semester for full credit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University in Durham, or North Carolina State University in Raleigh through the Inter-Institutional Registration program.  Please see:  http://www.registrar.duke.edu.  

More than many other Departments, we insist on breadth and well-roundedness in our graduates. At the same time, we strongly encourage and assist early concentration on professional research and publication. via faculty-graduate student research workshops and collaborative research  Faculty-Graduate Student Collaborative Publications

Members of the department are leaders in several university wide-initiatives that bring students and faculty together to examine important social and economic issues across sub-fields and disciplines: the Social Science Research Institute, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences, the University Seminar on Global Governance and Democracy the Program on Democracy, Institutions and Political Economy , Political Institutions and Public Choice, the Kenan Institute of Ethics and the American Grand Strategy Program.

Our department goals are served by close and supportive relations with the faculty and with other students. Ordinarily about 12-15 new graduate students enter each year. The ratio of students in residence to faculty is approximately 2:1. Students form a supportive community, both intellectually --by organizing events such as the graduate student colloquium--as well as socially, through cook-outs, parties, and participating in the annual GPSC graduate school camp-out for Duke men's basketball tickets.

The Graduate School Exchange Programs
Duke University Department of Political Science

The Duke University Graduate School has several exchange programs with universities in Europe. These programs are a one-academic-year enrollment.

Students participating in the exchange program:

  • Must enroll as full-time student taking four classes each semester (12 units per semester);
  • May enroll in ungraded Research at three credit hours as one of the four classes;
  • May not enroll in more than 12 units per semester. A student who enrolls for more than the required 12 units is expected to pay for the additional units;
  • May not enroll in Undergraduate classes (below 500-level) except as a Graduate Independent Study, and with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies;

Director of Graduate Studies

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