Temple University Political Science graduate degree students can take coursework in the four major subfields of political science. Graduate students can earn a political science masters degree or PhD or a public policy masters. Learn about our admissions process, available grants and additional resources to get started.
Study Political Science’s Four Major Subfields
- In American Politics, faculty and students conduct research on political behavior, political institutions, public policy and urban politics.
- In Comparative Politics, faculty teach students about democratization, the role of the state in the economy, and political violence. Our faculty specialize in the politics of Africa, China, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
- In International Relations, faculty and students apply the various theoretical approaches to the study of world politics, international security, international political economy, and the study of international organizations.
- In Political Theory, our strengths cluster around the research areas of late modernity; democratic and normative political theories - especially those pertaining to political questions of social and economic inequality - globalization, identity politics, and social movements; and the relationship between politics and religion.
MA in Political Science
The terminal MA program gives you a broad education in the general field of political science. MA students also have the option to develop technical skills by completing the methods sequence. MA students typically apply their degree toward careers in the private or public sector.
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PhD in Political Science
The PhD program prepares students for careers in academia. We train our students to become successful scholars and teachers. PhD students complete the MA program requirements, take additional courses that help them specialize in particular fields of study and complete a methods sequence. Many of our PhDs pursue a career in academia, but some of our graduates also successfully apply their political science training to non-academic careers.
In fact, our most recent PhD graduates and candidates are leveraging the skills and knowledge they learned at Temple in pursuing exciting careers right now. You can read about their individual dissertations and qualifications and view their personal websites right here.
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Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Advance your career. Enhance your community. Develop the analytic skills needed to formulate and assess public policies and evaluate the effectiveness of government programs at the federal, state and local levels. Learn the “softer” skills of leadership and communicating your ideas in a political context. We train generalists who combine technical competency with a sophisticated understanding of the policy process. If you’re interested in social and quality-of-life issues throughout Philadelphia and beyond, Temple offers a graduate program in public policy led by full-time faculty and working practitioners.
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Admissions decisions are made in the spring semester and admitted students are expected to begin in the following fall term. Application Deadline is December 1st.
Please visit the Political Science Graduate Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.
Graduate Student Support Grants
Summer Camps for Methods Training Grants: The department funds up to three (3) students each year for up to $2,000 to attend summer methods training camps (e.g., ICPSR, IQMR).
Lynn Miller Writing Grants: The department annually funds up to eight (8) students in the prospects or dissertation stage for up to $100 to attend writing retreats.
Graduate Opportunity Grants: The department funds up to three (3) students per semester for up to $500 to attend professional conferences to present scholarly research.
Evolution Consulting Dissertation Grant: With the generous support of Evolution Consulting, the Department of Political Science along with the aid of the College of Liberal Arts provides an $8,000 stipend to one dissertation student. The stipend includes tuition remission and health benefits.