Graduate Program Application

Thank you for considering Rice University in your search for an outstanding Political Science graduate program. Rice is a leading American research university-small, private, and highly selective, distinguished by a collaborative, interdisciplinary culture and a global perspective.

The Political Science faculty members, most of whom are internationally recognized in their areas, will guide your study with the personal attention that is possible only in a small and select program.


The Political Science Graduate Program Offers

Outstanding Faculty: The Political Science faculty is characterized by published scholars, dedicated researchers, and excellent teachers. Learn more about our faculty members.

Degree Options: The department offers Ph.D. degrees in American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.

Financial Package: Most of the students accepted into the program receive graduate stipends and full tuition waivers.

Post Grad Placements: Recent Ph.D. graduates now hold tenure-track positions at a wide variety of universities. Alums also hold positions in government, non-profits, and the private sector. See a list of our recent placements.


Application Deadline

Applications for fall 2025 will open in September 2024.

The Department of Political Science application deadline for the fall 2025 semester is JANUARY 5, 2025. Late applications may be considered until April 1, 2025. However, candidates who miss the January deadline place themselves in a less competitive position.

The Department of Political Science is waiving the fall 2025 application fee.


Information for Applicants