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 three traditional disciplinary major fields and the opportunity for several innovative minor programs with 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.

Alison Craig Photo"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

The graduate program offers a rich array of courses distributed among nine fields. Instruction in the four traditional fields is grounded in the mainstream, and yet it is responsive to the latest theoretical and methodological developments. Students leaving the program are well prepared to teach and conduct research in each field with a good blend of general and specialized training. Graduate students in Political Science at Ohio State typically pursue a Major Field of Study and a Minor Field of Study. 

Five Major 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

A distinguishing feature of the OSU graduate program is having 4 additional lively fields that represent important new directions in political science. They are generally taken as minor fields, though some can be taken as second majors.

Four Minor Fields of Study

Political Psychology
Formal Theory
Political Economy
Race, Ethnicity and Gender