Graduate Student Community


Talented and Dedicated Graduate Students

The department's currently enrolled graduate students are another attractive aspect of Ohio State to prospective students. We work to provide an intellectually challenging and supportive setting for its graduate students. Graduate students are an integral part of the intellectual life of the department, and we take special pride in their intellectual development and professional placement.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Political Science is strongly committed to recruiting students from under-represented ethnic groups. It is a goal of the Department to create and maintain an academic and working environment where all members of the Department, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, will flourish. We have been a national leader in training minority and women Ph.Ds in a discipline which traditionally has attracted only small numbers of each. For additional information about Diversity in Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, please visit our webpage here.

Partner Institutions

We are a charter institution in the American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Student Recruitment Project, and we are active in the recruitment of students who have attended the Ralph Bunche Institute or who have been designated APSA Minority Fellows.

The Department participates in the Graduate/Professional Student Recruitment Initiative put on by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State.  The GPS Initiative is Ohio State's premier diversity recruitment program for students considering post-baccalaureate studies at The Ohio State University.  It serves as a direct feeder into the annual Graduate School Fellowship competition and helps to contribute to the ethnic, cultural and academic diversity of Ohio State's Graduate School and Professional Colleges.  For more information about applying to GPS, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website.

University-wide financial aid is also available for qualified African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and Native Americans. (Over the years, many of our minority enrollees have won Graduate Enrichment Fellowships.) Currently, over 30% of our graduate students are female and over 15% are members of minority groups.

Women in Political Science

Women in Political Science (WIPS) is a group of female faculty and graduate students in the Department of Political Science at OSU with the aims of providing a forum to discuss and address challenges common to women in the field of Political Science, enhancing networking and professional advancement between female faculty and graduate students, and raising department-wide awareness of problematic gender issues. To those ends, WIPS hosts a variety of monthly events throughout the academic year. These include a brownbag series highlighting recent research on gendered career issues, presentations pertinent to gender issues in academia, as well as informal social gatherings oriented toward fostering relationships among women in the department. These events bring together graduate students of all years and female faculty to share their experiences and answer common questions about topics such as entering the job market, working as a graduate student instructor, presenting at conferences, and identifying dissertation committee members. WIPS aims to provide resources for and promote and represent the interests of female graduate students in the department as they move through the Ph.D. program. For more information, please contact