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Political Science Graduate Study

Students at Purdue University

Graduate Study in Political Science

Graduate Study in Political Science at Purdue offers specializations in traditional fields such as American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Policy.

Our department also possesses strengths in areas that cut across traditional fields, such as environmental politics and policy, human rights, human security and political violence, and politics related to group identity and conflict.

Graduate students and faculty at Purdue participate in many interdisciplinary research centers and collaborative groups on campus. Students receive rigorous training in a wide range of research methods in the department and through workshops, coursework, and speakers in the cross-college initiative Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP).

We are pleased to announce Political Science participation in the New AMAP Interdisciplinary Methods Certificate  designed to train the next generation of scholars to respond to novel challenges in the behavioral, health, and social sciences with the methodological rigor and multidisciplinary view needed to lead groundbreaking scientific endeavors. The interdisciplinary nature of this certificate will facilitate collaborations among diverse sets of instructors and students.

If you are considering doctoral study, please explore the information on the Prospective Students page.

We offer two interdisciplinary graduate certificates, one in Environmental Policy and one in Social Policy. These may be combined with other degree programs or taken as stand-alone certificates. We admit students to these programs each semester.

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions at Additional information about graduate programs, funding, research opportunities, and student life at Purdue may be requested via the Graduate School's information request form.

Political Science Graduate Program contacts

Professor Andy Baker, Director of Graduate Program       

Professor James McCann, Associate Director of Graduate Program       

Email The Graduate Program Coordinator