Political Science Doctoral Programs

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Doctor of Philosophy

The Graduate Programs in Political Science doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma is one of the most diverse, well-established doctoral programs in the region. The program offers seven fields of study, which include American politics, comparative government, international relations, public administration, public policy, political theory and research methods. Doctoral students work closely with nationally recognized faculty who publish widely, are active in leadership positions in national and international professional associations, and are involved in editing leading journals in their fields. Students play a significant part in the intellectual life of the Department, participating in informal research-in-progress sessions, attending talks hosted by job candidates, and preparing papers for presentation at professional conferences.

A minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree is required, including 12 hours of required coursework, 27 hours of fields coursework, and 2-44 hours dissertation research. Doctoral students must complete a General Examination (written and oral) in two of the three fields (with the exception of Methods, which is a non-examining field). A doctoral candidate is expected to complete the degree requirements within four years after passing the General Examination. Students in the Ph.D. program must meet certain requirements in developing research tools and in familiarizing themselves with the broad spectrum of the discipline. Beyond this minimum of required courses, however, a detailed program will be developed by the student and the doctoral advisory committee in order to pursue the student’s major interests, and to lay the groundwork for a doctoral dissertation.

Opportunities for research and funding are provided by programs affiliated with the department, including the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, the Institute for Public Affairs, the International Programs Center, the OU POLL, the Center for Risk, Crisis and Resilience, the Center for Applied Social Research, and International and Area Studies.