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2022 Best Political Science & Government Doctor's Degree Schools

116 Colleges in the United States
696 Doctor's Degrees
Political Science & Government is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #39 most popular doctor's degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 116 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for political science and government students pursuing a doctor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 696 doctor's degrees in political science and government to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Political Science & Government School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Political Science & Government Doctor's Degree Schools The political science doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their doctor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their doctor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to political science and government students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other political science and government students want to attend this school to pursue a doctor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for political science and government to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized political science and government related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for political science and government students working on their doctor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Political Science & Government Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Political Science & Government Doctor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Political Science & Government in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for political science and government students seeking a a doctor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

17 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Political Science

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
21 Annual Graduates

Yale University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in political science and government. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Yale University

#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
15 Annual Graduates

Duke University is a good option for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in political science and government. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Duke University

#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
18 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Stanford University if you wish to pursue a doctor's degree in political science and government. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Stanford University

#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
16 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Harvard University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in political science and government. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Harvard University

#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
10 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from University of Pennsylvania

15 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Northwestern University

#7

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
26 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Princeton University

16 Annual Graduates

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Columbia University in the City of New York

#9

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
10 Annual Graduates

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from University of Notre Dame

#10

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Johns Hopkins University

7 Annual Graduates

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Washington University in St Louis

14 Annual Graduates

Claremont Graduate University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Claremont.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Claremont Graduate University

14 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
4 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Vanderbilt University

#15

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
3 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Cornell University

#16

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
11 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from University of Chicago

#17

Brown University

Providence, RI
4 Annual Graduates

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence.More information about a doctorate in political science and government from Brown University

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Political Science & Government students that almost earned our Best Political Science & Government Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
18 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
19 New York University New York, NY
20 Emory University Atlanta, GA
21 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
22 Rice University Houston, TX
23 George Washington University Washington, DC
24 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
25 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Political Science & Government by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 12 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Political Science & Government has other similar majors worth exploring.

Political Science Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Political Science 688
Other Political Science & Government 8

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 1,219
Sociology 603
Anthropology 531
Geography & Cartography 308
Other Social Sciences 67
International Relations & National Security 66
Criminology 47
Urban Studies 40
General Social Sciences 17
Demography & Population Studies 17

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to UKWiki at English Wikipedia. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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