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PhD students acquire the skills necessary to make theoretical and empirical contributions


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in graduate education in political science at the University of Pittsburgh. This website provides information for both current and potential graduate students, and you should be able to find answers to all of your questions here. Of course, if you don't see the information you need, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Daniela Donno at donno@pitt.edu for more information.

The department fosters an active, vibrant community of scholars. We have a great deal to offer our students in their graduate studies. You can find just a partial list of those benefits below.

  • We foster a culture of collaboration. Our faculty work closely with graduate students on their research. Faculty regularly co-author with graduate students, publishing research in highly-ranked general and sub-field journals.

  • We offer our graduate students a generous financial support structure. Students in good standing are guaranteed five years of financial support including a stipend. All of our first-year students receive a fellowship with no work obligation, so they can focus on their studies. Upon successful defense of a dissertation overview, there are ample opportunities to apply for additional research fellowships that allow many of our students to focus solely on dissertation writing and research in their fourth and/or fifth years. 

  • We provide assistance with academic placement, and consistently place our students in highly-ranked departments in the U.S. and abroad. Recent placements include Texas A&M University, University of California at Davis, Louisiana State University, U.S. Naval Academy, Iowa State University, CIDE (Mexico City), San Diego State University, Illinois State University, Francis Marion University, University of California Riverside, Gonzaga University, Kennesaw State and University of Massachusetts Boston.

  • Recent prestigious post-doc placements include University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Konstanz (Germany), University College London, University of Houston, and the Catholic University of Chile.

  • Our NRC ranking is between 20 and 30, representing a large rise over the last ten years.

  • We have a number of active speakers’ series and workshops in the department, and graduate students are encouraged to participate fully.

  • We provide funds to conduct original research, attend conferences, enroll in special educational opportunities, and join professional associations.

  • We offer socialization to the discipline, via departmental workshops and symposia.