PhD program requirements


All doctoral students in the Political Science Graduate Program must successfully complete the following components:

  1. Required Course Work
  2. Field of Study Written Examinations
  3. Field of Study Oral Examination
  4. Thesis Proposal and Meeting
  5. Language Requirement (if applicable)
  6. Written Thesis
  7. Thesis Oral Examination.

Components 1 through 5 constitute the PhD candidacy requirements, while components 6 and 7 constitute the PhD dissertation requirements. The Department of Political Science strongly recommends that doctoral students complete all degree requirements, including submitting final revisions to the thesis, within 4 years. The Faculty of Graduate Studies permits 6 years.