Graduate Experience


Welcome to our Graduate Program in Political Science!

For students interested in graduate study in political science, we provide excellent opportunities for you to succeed at Ohio State.

  • Our distinguished and diverse faculty are strongly committed to working closely with graduate students, who typically receive full financial support to pursue their degrees. 
  • We combine traditional disciplinary major fields and innovative departmental specializations along with providing students the most up-to-date training in theory and methods.
  • Our location in a major research university in one of the thirty largest metropolitan areas in the country provides exciting extra-departmental opportunities.
  • You will have the opportunity to join a highly-competitive, supportive community of students.
  • Our students typically receive a five year funding package that pays a stipend, tuition and fees and health care.
  • In March 2017, U.S. News and World report ranked the department 15th overall, 8th in International Relations, 14th in American Politics and 11th in Political Methodology.


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"I chose Ohio State because it's a top notch program with outstanding faculty, strong methodological training and all of the resources of a large university.  I was also drawn to the program by its generous funding package and because the culture of the department was a good fit. I've had the opportunity to work with esteemed professors who enjoy working with graduate students, both as collaborators and mentors.  The faculty here is supportive and obviously invested in training us to be great scientists who will have successful careers of our own. " Alison Craig, PHD Candidate

Fields of Study

For most students, arriving at a course of study will involve selection of two focus fields from among the five fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Methodology, and Political Theory and a course-out minor from either one of the above fields, a graduate interdisciplinary specialization, or a graduate minor. In addition, students may choose one or more departmental specializations in the fields of Formal Theory, Political Economy, Political Psychology, or Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. More individualized programs emphasizing either breadth or depth may be developed in consultation with an academic advisor.

Focus Fields of Study

American Politics (Ranked 14th in the nation)
Comparative Politics
International Relations (Ranked 8th in the nation)
Political Methodology (Ranked 11th in the nation)
Political Theory

Departmental Specializations

Political Psychology
Formal Theory
Political Economy
Race, Ethnicity and Gender