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The most popular doctorate is the Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D. Ph.D.s and other study doctorates prepare graduate student to launch new plans that add to the common knowledge base of the field. Candidates for and holders of Ph.D.s often seek professions as professors and researchers, but many also go on to different roles in the charitable, public, and private sectors.

Political Science PhD students are advancing political science as a discipline. They explore the empirical phenomena that give birth to new scholarly insights—insights that change for the better the way governments and societies function.

The United States of America is a large country in North America, often referred to as the "USA", the "US", the "United States", "America", or simply "the States". American colleges are funded by "tuition" charged to the student, which is often quite expensive, very commonly reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars per year.

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PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Walden University
Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA USA Online

With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden, you can take an active role in creating sustainable solutions to problems facing the United States and nations worldwide. This online doctoral program will provide you with a detailed understanding of public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context to effectively and efficiently advocate for change that positively impacts individuals and communities. [+]

Best Doctorates in Political Science in USA 2017. With a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden, you can take an active role in creating sustainable solutions to problems facing the United States and nations worldwide. This online doctoral program will provide you with a detailed understanding of public policy theory, research, and practice in a global context to effectively and efficiently advocate for change that positively impacts individuals and communities. Taught by scholar-practitioners, the program can position you to attain a new level of credibility and influence in your field and to embrace exciting new career opportunities as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader in the private, public, or nonprofit sector. Specializations (in addition to the General Program) Criminal Justice Emergency Management Geographic Information System (GIS) Global Leadership Health Policy Homeland Security Policy and Coordination International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) Law and Public Policy Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities Nonprofit Management and Leadership Policy Analysis Public Management and Leadership Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in International Relations

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Campus Full time Part time 5 years September 2017 USA Medford + 1 more

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in International Relations has a comparative advantage in training scholars to engage in cutting-edge, problem-driven, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science. Our doctoral research not only contributes to academic literature, but also to resolving pressing policy problems. [+]

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in International Relations has a comparative advantage in training scholars to engage in cutting-edge, problem-driven, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science. Our doctoral research not only contributes to academic literature, but also to resolving pressing policy problems. Students engage in significant fieldwork grounded in rigorous methods and supported by a comprehensive theoretical framework, helping Fletcher doctoral candidates produce research that contributes to both theory and practice. With approximately seventy students engaged in coursework or research, the PhD Program is an integral and vibrant component of The Fletcher School. After completing their degrees, our graduates go on to high-level careers in academia, research, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector. Curriculum Like students in Fletcher’s master’s degree programs, those pursuing a Fletcher PhD create a program that reflects focus through selected Fields of Study, with the breadth that is characteristic of the interdisciplinary approach to international relations. PhD students may select from the full range of courses offered at Fletcher, in addition to some PhD student-only classes. Shaping Your Degree The Fletcher School provides many opportunities for students to supplement their education with coursework and research at our partner universities. Students may cross-register for up to one-quarter of their classes at one of the Tufts graduate schools or any of the Harvard graduate schools. Exchange programs offer additional opportunities for students to individualize their Fletcher study. Fletcher offers exchange programs with some of the world's leading professional schools and graduate programs. PhD students may pursue an exchange program in Germany through Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Graduation Requirements PhD students complete two fields of study, requiring four courses each. They are also required to take a course in comparative politics (P201), a course in IR theory (P200 or H204), and three methodology courses (P210:Research Design and Methodology, E213: Econometrics, and a third course of their choosing). Students who have received their master’s degree at another institution must pass a total of at least twelve courses. Additional courses may be required if the student’s master’s degree was in a field other than international relations, or did not require statistics study. Nine of the twelve must be Fletcher courses, while three can be pursued through cross-registration at another institution. Those who possess a MALD generally pursue an additional four courses, for a total of twenty courses for the two degrees, unless the student develops a plan of study best achieved through additional coursework. Additional Graduation Requirements To graduate, students in the PhD program must: Fulfill the PhD breadth requirement – at least two courses in two of the three Fletcher Divisions, and at least one course from the remaining Division. (MALD recipients have already completed the breadth requirement.) Demonstrate proficiency in a second language. Submit a master’s thesis for evaluation by a Fletcher faculty member. For MALD degree holders, this is the MALD thesis. For other students, this could be a master’s thesis written prior to enrollment at Fletcher. Pass a written comprehensive examination in each of the student’s selected fields of study, plus a one-hour oral examination that will focus on issues raised in the written examinations, and will integrate the fields of study. The comprehensive examinations test proficiency in the literature of the field. Successfully propose, research, and write a dissertation. The completed dissertation should bear evidence of independent research and should constitute a substantial contribution to the subject. Pass a public oral defense of the dissertation. This defense will be given after the dissertation has been accepted by the director and readers, and will cover the specific subject and general field of the dissertation. PhD Candidacy PhD students whose master’s degree was earned at another institution are reviewed for PhD Candidacy after they have completed at least eight Fletcher courses, presented their master’s thesis, and completed Fletcher’s foreign language proficiency exam. To be granted PhD Candidacy, students must have Fletcher grades averaging at least 3.6. (MALD recipients are granted PhD Candidacy when they are admitted to the PhD program.) Length of Time Required to Receive the PhD Once they are granted PhD Candidacy, PhD students generally take an average of just over five years to complete the degree, but the exact time varies according to the scope of each candidate’s research, the amount of time devoted to PhD studies, and the time needed to write the dissertation. PhD Colloquium The Ph.D. Research Colloquium is a bi-weekly venue for the resident Ph.D. community to share and discuss their ongoing research and receive supportive critiques by peers and Fletcher faculty. Presentations of research, conference presentations, and dry runs of dissertation proposal or dissertation defenses are all welcome. All resident Ph.D. students are expected to attend the bi-weekly colloquium, which takes place each Monday from 12:30 to 1:45 PM in Cabot 102. Students who are not resident are encouraged to join remotely. [-]

PhD International Conflict Management

Kennesaw State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Marietta

The PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. [+]

Best Doctorates in Political Science in USA 2017. The PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. INCM is a field that currently has few opportunities for advanced training. This PhD program offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top-quality, advanced graduate students. Each doctoral student, after completing the core courses, is given the flexibility to focus their studies in their desired area. Overview The INCM is one of only a few such programs available in North America. PhD students accepted into the program receive broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities that draw on an array of academic disciplines. Graduates will be able to address problems from a sophisticated knowledge base of substantive, theoretical, practical, and methodological approaches. The core courses prepare them in key global competencies including: Intercultural dynamics of global conflict Economic conflict analysis International relations Conflict management theory Methodological preparation is rigorous, including required and optional courses in quantitative and qualitative methods, research design, and international program and policy analysis and evaluation. The PhD program also requires graduates to obtain significant international experience and competency in a language other than English. Vision To become a leading PhD program preparing scholar-practitioners for the complex challenges of preventing, managing, and transforming international conflict. Purpose This fulltime, interdisciplinary, in-residence program is designed to meet the global demand for scholar-practitioners to address the complex array of international conflict and security challenges through the development and implementation of empirically based research, policy recommendations, and solutions. INCM PhD graduates are prepared to compete for tenure-track university faculty appointments and a wide range of operational positions in government, non-governmental agencies, and the global business community. Program Objectives INCM PhD offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top quality graduate students: The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides graduates with broad training allowing them to integrate the latest research findings into theoretically rich, issue-relevant publications and reports. The rigorous methodological training prepares graduates to address global conflict issues using the latest and most effective quantitative and qualitative research methods. The international experience allows graduates to integrate theory and practice in their analysis of international conflict. Professional competency in a language other than English prepares students for the successful application of their skills in the global arena. The pedagogical training specific to the higher education context and their guided teaching experiences offer exceptional preparation for graduates interested in academic careers. Access to experienced faculty and close working relationships with professors facilitate collaborative research and timely completion of dissertations and the PhD degree. The diversity on campus (students from 142 countries currently study at KSU) and in the graduate program contributes to a broad understanding of global conflict issues. The strong links between KSU and the Atlanta metro region and its outstanding resources provide exemplary opportunities for collaboration beyond the campus. Admission Requirements To be considered for admission to the PhD in International Conflict Management, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission with a non-refundable $60 application fee and submit the following supporting documents by the August 1 deadline to be considered for Spring semester or the March 1 deadline to be considered for Fall semester. 1. Transcripts Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you attended. Please note that although unofficial transcripts may be uploaded online, you still need to have official transcripts. Submitted transcripts from foreign institutions must be accompanied by an official evaluation. Transcripts may be evaluated by one of the following agencies. Evaluations must include course-by-course and a calculation of your GPA. The evaluation must come to us in a sealed envelope or electronically directly from the agency. Evalutation Service, Inc. Joseph Silney and Associates, Inc. World Education Services (WES) 2. Official GRE Test Score Submit a copy of your GRE Scores from the Educational Testing Service. See GRE Scoring table for more information. 3. Statement of Intent Describe your interest in the study of international conflict management and any relevant experiences you bring to the program and outline how you believe the PhD program could further your interests. While you are not expected to have a full proposal developed at the time of application, the identification of topical, regional, theoretical, or methodological foci will enhance your overall competitiveness. Your statement will be reviewed by the INCM Admissions Committee of faculty from a range of disciplines. The KSU Graduate Online Application will allow you to upload this required documentation. Additionally, you are strongly advised to identify program faculty with whom you might like to work and to contact those faculty regarding their availability as mentors and dissertation advisors. Such contact should be referenced in the Statement of Intent. The presence of faculty members interested in your specific research agenda enhances the likelihood that you will generate a dissertation of high academic quality. Faculty support for your application may improve your chances of acceptance into the program (although it does not guarantee acceptance). 4. Writing Sample Submit a writing sample demonstrating your writing and analytical abilities as they relate to higher education or professional experience. This writing sample is preferred in English, however, it will be accepted in another language accompanied by an English translation. There are no length requirements, however, longer samples (e.g., a senior or master’s thesis) should be accompanied by an abstract or executive summary. The KSU Graduate Online Application will allow you to upload this required documentation. 5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae Submit a document showing the chronological progression of your educational and work experiences including any additional information you deem relevant to support your application. The KSU Graduate Online Application will allow you to upload this required documentation. 6. Recommendation Letters Three letters of recommendation should be submitted through the KSU Graduate Admissions office. Two of which should be from referees who can describe in detail your qualifications, motivation, and prospects for success in the program. 7. Additional Requirements for International Students All applicants who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or the IELTS (minimum score of 6.5), unless: they come from exempt countries; have graduated from a college or university in the United States accredited in a manner accepted by KSU; or who have studied successfully for at least one year at a university in which English was the medium of instruction. If these criteria are applicable you may submit a TOEFL Waiver Request. [-]

Political Science

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus, or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline, while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. [+]

Political Science Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus, or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline, while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. What to Expect As a political science major, you will be selecting courses from fields such as American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and political theory, while also developing one or two individualized areas of interest. You will learn how to research the answers to important questions related to politics, political values and public policy. You will benefit from a wide variety of course offerings and have the opportunity to complete a public service internship to gain hands-on experience. Graduate Degrees D Ph.D. in Political Science The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Ph.D. in political science. The doctoral program has produced many distinguished academics and public leaders, both nationally and abroad. [-]

PhD in Philosophy

Binghamton University
Campus Full time 6 years September 2017 USA Binghamton

The Department of Philosophy’s graduate program in social, political, ethical and legal philosophy (SPEL) offers students advanced coursework and individual research in classical, modern and contemporary social and political philosophy, as well as ethics and the philosophy of law. [+]

Best Doctorates in Political Science in USA 2017. PhD in Philosophy The Department of Philosophy’s graduate program in social, political, ethical and legal philosophy (SPEL) offers students advanced coursework and individual research in classical, modern and contemporary social and political philosophy, as well as ethics and the philosophy of law. SPEL recognizes and respects both the Anglo-American (analytic) and Continental (European) traditions, as well as various non-Western traditions, feminist philosophy and critical race theory, and other emerging areas of philosophy. Students with a variety of philosophical interests are welcome to apply to the SPEL program. Our program offers a terminal Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) track, with specializations in social, political, ethical and/or legal philosophy. The MA is often pursued by students who are interested in postgraduate careers in law, business or public policy. The PhD prepares students for specializations in the most sought-after and fastest-growing areas in contemporary philosophy in colleges and universities. Our Department enjoys highly successful placement rates and aggressive professional development. Recent doctoral graduate placements include: assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, assistant professor at Antioch College, assistant professor at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey, assistant professor at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia and postdoctoral fellowship at Seton Hall University. SPEL graduate program The graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy (SPEL) offers graduate students advanced coursework and individual research in classical, modern, and contemporary social and political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of law. SPEL recognizes and respects work in both the Anglo-American (analytic) and the Continental (European) traditions, as well as in various non-Western traditions, in feminist philosophy and critical race theory, and in other emerging areas of philosophy. Students with a variety of philosophical interests should feel welcome to apply to the SPEL program. Ph.D. in SPEL Requirements for the Ph.D. include the Master's requirements (or an M.A. from another institution), six additional seminars, language proficiencies, a qualifying exam, and a dissertation with an oral defense. There may be additional requirements for those entering with an M.A. who did not previously specialize in SPEL fields. It is possible for students to write a dissertation on a topic in philosophy that is not in Social, Political, Ethical or Legal Philosophy. If you choose to work on such a topic and have the agreement of an advisor, you may substitute an exam on your area of research for one of the SPEL MA Comprehensive exams. You may also substitute one philosophy course for any required course, except for the first year SPEL seminars. Currently, our average time-to-degree from bachelor to doctorate is 5.7 years, which is about three years less than the national norm. But our current expectation is that students finish in five years, and we work with students to help them achieve that. Professional Development Binghamton's graduate program in philosophy goes beyond the historical subjects from throughout the world. Members of our distinguished faculty impart a solid foundation in concepts, while also highlighting their links to current debates. We call our program SPEL, standing for Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy. Through a combination of workshops, lectures, conferences, and reading groups we try to help students to consider larger systems and their operational goals, and how problems within them can be resolved. Courses of study are highly individualized, and allow students to develop their interests with the guidance of a faculty advisor. The University's Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is an additional resource for students. The Center provides many useful services that aid professional development, including mock interviews, résumé critique, and career workshops. After You Graduate Graduates of our MA program have had excellent placement rates in doctoral programs, while many PhD graduates have obtained positions at prestigious colleges and universities. Experience gained as teaching assistants and graduate assistants during their study can provide valuable training that educational institutions active seek in candidates. Other alumni have continued their education in law school and found work as attorneys or legal associates. The rest have entered the private sector in business and management capacities. Admissions Requirements To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee Résumé or curriculum vitae Letters of recommendation (2 for MA applicants; 3 for PhD applicants) Official GRE scores International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores) This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements. Class Profile Total Enrollment: 37 International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 20% GRE Verbal: 81% GPA: 3.74 *Score(s) represent the AVERAGE for the most recently admitted class. Scoring lower will not result in automatic rejection of your application, and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance. Deadlines Fall: February 1 Spring: October 15 [-]

PhD in Political Science

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

Our doctoral plan is designed to provide you with: preparation for a career in higher education, tools for effective research, knowledge and skills to work effectively in private and public service. [+]

Our doctoral plan is designed to provide you with: Preparation for a career in higher education Tools for effective research Knowledge and skills to work effectively in private and public service Requirements For this plan, you must complete the following 78-81 units: 63 units of course work approved by your plan adviser At least 15-18 units of dissertation credits To accommodate individual plans of study, you may be required to: Take an additional 18-39 units to meet language or research requirements Take the profession development seminar Allow for reading of comprehensive exams and dissertation research as specified by your adviser You must choose between three emphases: Comparative politics and international relations Public Policy Public Administration In addition to the requirements for your particular emphasis, you must: Perform satisfactorily on comprehensive written and oral exams Satisfy a "research tool" requirement in one of two ways: Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to two years of university course work Obtain a grade of "B" or better in POS 601 and complete 6 additional units of research methods Fulfill Northern Arizona University’s residency requirements Pass the oral exam on your dissertation defense Emphasis in American Politics and Public Administration To complete this emphasis, you must take: 18 units in political science core courses 12 units of additional coursework in American politics and public administration 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of coursework in a cognate supporting American politics and public administration that is approved by your plan adviser or selected from one of the emphases that you haven’t already used Further course work beyond the 63 units required for your plan of study, needed to: Complete your language and/or research requirements Prepare for comprehensive exams Ensure adequate preparation for your dissertation research If applicable, complete the professional development course 15-18 units for your dissertation for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation You may count only 15-18 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units, since you must enroll for POS 799 each term you work on your dissertation. Emphasis in Comparative Politics and International Relations To complete this emphasis, you must take: 21 units in politics and international relations core courses 9 units of additional coursework in comparative politics and international relations 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of coursework in a cognate supporting comparative politics and international relations that is approved by your plan adviser or selected from one of the other emphases that you haven’t already used Further coursework beyond the 63 units required for your plan of study, needed to: Complete your language and/or research requirements Prepare for comprehensive exams Ensure adequate preparation for your dissertation research If applicable, complete the professional development course 15-18 units in your dissertation for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation You may count only 15-18 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units, since you must enroll for POS 799 each term during which you work on your dissertation. Emphasis in Public Policy To complete this emphasis, you must take: 15 units of core courses in politics and international affairs 6 units of other courses that apply economic reasoning to public policy 9 additional units in public policy 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of policy concentration approved by your plan adviser, including at least 6 additional units of POS courses Further coursework, beyond the 63 units required for your plan of study, needed to: Complete your language and/or research requirements Prepare for comprehensive exams Ensure adequate preparation for your dissertation research If applicable, complete the professional-development course 15-18 units in your dissertation for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation You may count only 15-18 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units, since you must enroll for POS 799 each term during which you work on your dissertation. [-]

PhD in Mass Communication

University of Florida - College of Journalism and Communications
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Gainesville

The University of Florida is dedicated to excellence in its Ph.D. program in mass communication. The program offers a course of study in an ideal setting for a quality educational experience. [+]

PhD in Mass CommunicationThe University of Florida is dedicated to excellence in its Ph.D. program in mass communication. The program offers a course of study in an ideal setting for a quality educational experience.The College of Journalism and Communications is proud of its award-winning student body and faculty, and boasts a variety of backgrounds made possible by one of the largest enrollments in the country. Some 200 students engage in graduate and advanced studies, joining 2,300 undergraduates. More than 53 faculty members teach, conduct research, and provide service.The University of Florida encourages applications from individuals of both sexes of all cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. The University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap or age.Every application is considered in its entirety. The faculty considers every application — even those that fall just short of the GRE and GPA norms. We hold open the possibility that an applicant will be offered conditional admission if evidence such as references, work experience, and statement of goals warrant it.College’s doctoral program ranks 6th of 91 in the nationA 2010 analysis of the quality of communication doctoral programs in the United States ranked the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications at number 6 among similar programs.The study assessed program quality by using objective and quantifiable indicators rather than subjective rankings that are common in other rankings. The measures emphasized both the number and quality of programs that hired new Ph.D.s from each institution.The results suggest that graduates from the doctoral program in Florida’s Journalism and Communications College are competitive with those from the best programs in the nation. Not only are these graduates in heavy demand, they are also competitive for the best academic jobs in the U.S.Purpose of the Doctoral ProgramThe Ph.D. degree is a research degree. The Ph.D. program is designed to help develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills so graduates can make important contributions to understanding mass communication. Faculty members help students lay the foundation for a lifetime of significant, creative work.The doctoral program prepares students for a variety of opportunities in mass communication. Graduates are expected to teach at colleges and universities; conduct research for organizations in advertising, journalism, public relations, telecommunication, and other mass communication fields; do consulting; and conduct research and contribute to policy in government and private organizations. Doctoral students in the College of Journalism and Communications gain valuable experience in both teaching and research. Assistantships help prepare students for academic and other research positions. Students in the program have consistently been among the nation’s leaders in winning top-paper awards at national and regional scholarly meetings.... [-]