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McIntosh, Wayne V., Full Member


Morris, Irwin L., Full Member

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Glass, James M., Full Member

Tismaneanu, Vladimir, Full Member

Wilkenfeld, Jonathan, Full Member


Alford, Charles F., Full Member

Gimpel, James G., Full Member

Glass, James M., Full Member

Huth, Paul K., Full Member

Lichbach, Mark I., Full Member

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Pearson, Margaret M., Full Member

Telhami, Shibley, Full Member

Tismaneanu, Vladimir, Full Member

Uslaner, Eric M., Full Member

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Birnir, Johanna, Full Member

Cunningham, Kathleen, Full Member

Cunningham, David, Full Member

Hanmer, Michael J., Full Member

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Karol, David, Full Member

Kastner, Scott L., Full Member

Lee, Frances E., Full Member

Rouse, Stella M., Full Member

Soltan, Karol E., Full Member

Swistak, Piotr T., Full Member

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Alcaniz, Isabella, Full Member

Allee, Todd, Full Member

Bond, Kanisha, Full Member

Croco, Sarah E., Full Member

Hadden, Jennifer, Full Member

Jones, Calvert, Full Member

Mason, Lilliana, Full Member

Miler, Kris, Full Member

Wohlfarth, Patrick, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Oppenheimer, Joe A., Full Member

Piper, Don C, Full Member

Quester, George, Full Member

Stone, Clarence N., Full Member

More GVPT Faculty Information

Government and Politics (GVPT)   

Program Title and Classification

Government and Politics

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Department of Government and Politics offers a Ph.D. degree in political science, intended primarily for those planning academic careers. Students can specialize in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. In addition, students can study in depth more specialized fields such as public law, national security, public policy, political psychology, international and inter-ethnic conflict, international political economy, urban politics, post-Soviet and post-communist studies, East-Asian studies, environmental politics, and the politics of advanced industrial societies.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

The Department recruits highly qualified students, and admits only a limited number of the strongest applicants. The Admissions Committee rarely grants provisional or conditional admission to the graduate program. The Department does not usually admit M.A. applicants. Only students whose ultimate objective is the Ph.D. should apply for direct admission to that program. Admission is granted only for the Fall Semester.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

30 credits required

Students must complete 10 courses, pass a comprehensive exam, and complete two seminar papers.


Master of Arts (M.A.) The graduate program in the Department of Government and Politics is designed for doctoral students. Except for students participating in our dual-degree program with the United States Naval Academy, we do not accept students for the sole purpose of acquiring a Master's degree. Doctoral students may obtain a Master of Arts Degree during their course of doctoral study once they have satisfied the requirements associated with the Master's degree.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework, in addition to 12 credits of GVPT 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Students are also required to complete two comprehensive exams, a third year paper, and pass the Prospectus Defense. 

Required courses:

GVPT 622: Quantitative Methods for Political Science (3 credits)

GVPT 700: Scope and Method of Political Science (3 credits)

GVPT 741: Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy, GVPT 742: Modern Political Theory, or GVPT 743: Contemporary Political Theory (3 credits)

Students must choose one of the following fields to complete the remaining coursework:

1. American Politics: GVPT 770: Seminar in American Political Institutions (3 credits) and GVPT 771: Seminar in American Political Behavior (3 credits), and 27 additional credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above

2. International Relations: GVPT 708A: Seminar in International Relations Theory (3 credits) and 30 additional credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above

3. Comparative Politics: GVPT 780: Seminar in the Comparative Study of Politics (3 credits) and 30 additional credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above

4. Political Philosophy / Normative Political Theory: 33 credits of GVPT courses at the 600 level or above


The doctoral program is intended to provide students with the knowledge, methodological skills and research experience appropriate for persons who intend to enter the discipline of political science. Students must complete 42 hours of graduate work including courses in political theory and research methods and pass written comprehensive examinations in two fields. Although formal coursework and field examinations are important components of the doctoral program, the research component, especially in the form of the dissertation is paramount. Consequently students who are able to demonstrate an interest in quality research activities and desire to become creators as well as consumers of knowledge are appropriate for the doctoral program.


Facilities and Special Resources

Graduate students in the department participate in the activities of the Public Service Intern Program, Project ICONS, the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Center for the Study of American Politics and Citizenship, the Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies, The Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society, and the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda.

Financial Assistance

In addition to fellowships and teaching assistantships, the Department also has a public service intern program for students interested in State government. There are also a limited and variable number of research positions available.

Contact Statement

Further information, including a manual on graduate study, please contact:



Director of Graduate Studies

3140 Tydings Hall

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-4161 ">


Associated Information




American Politics; Comparative Politics; International Politics; Political Economy; Political Theory; Public Law; National Security Policy; East European and Post-Communist Studies; Environmental Politics; Formal Theory; International Political Economy. (See Public Policy and Public Management for additional options.)