For Prospective Students

We ordinarily admit between 12 to 15 new graduate students each year. The ratio of students to faculty is 2:1. As a student in our program, you are joining a supportive community both intellectually and socially. Graduate student colloquium is a core part of our program, as are cook-outs, parties and the annual graduate school camp-out for Duke men's basketball tickets.

Explore our Program

Ph.D. Financial Aid & Support

Read about our financial aid opportunities, including fellowships from the university and other sources, teaching, and work-study.

How to Apply

Learn how to apply for a Political Science Ph.D., and Juris Doctorate/Master of Arts degree.

Graduate Life

Learn about the many aspects of student graduate life, including groups, activities and life in Durham, NC.

Graduate Program Overview

A pdf copy of the Graduate Program overview booklet can be found here.  For specific inquiries not covered in the booklet, please contact Kathy Ivanov at

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about test scores, selectivity and opportunities, etc.