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The University of Michigan Political Science Department is consistently ranked as one of the very top programsĀ in the country. This ranking is based upon peer evaluations of the scholarly innovations and achievements of department members and on their ability to disseminate this information to a wide audience of undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.

The graduate program in Political Science at the University of Michigan is a Ph.D. program intended to develop scholars who manifest a high level of excellence in teaching and research as professional social scientists. It is distinguished by a wide variety of areas of specialization and ample opportunity to tailor programs to fit the needs and interests of individual students.

The Department does not offer a terminal master's program; students seeking a master's degree in Political Science will not be able to apply to our program.

The graduate curriculum is organized around a set of core seminars and specialized courses in research methods which build upon each other, but there are several possible paths to the doctorate, and distinctive subjects and fields are encouraged. More information about our doctoral program can be found in our Program Overview.

Students at the graduate level apply to the Department of Political Science in conjunction with the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School. For more information, contact the Graduate Program Office in Political Science, 5700 Haven Hall, (734) 764-6313,