Students are offered the opportunity to take our special seminar, "Teaching Political Science," and serve as teaching assistants before eventually teaching their own undergraduate political science courses that are directly related to their career goals. Thus, our graduates have a distinct edge once they enter the job market.
The program is designed to prepare students to engage in teaching and research at universities and colleges, and conduct research at top public and private research organizations. From the first year onward, students become involved in collaborative research with faculty and other graduate students that often generate conference papers, journal publications, and book chapters. Many students also present and publish single-authored work during their time at Kent State. The department assures funding for students to present papers at professional conferences each year.
With a selective admissions policy and a low student-to-faculty ratio, the department offers the opportunity for close student-teacher interaction. Seminars are limited in size and most have enrollments of 10 students or less. Faculty members regularly supervise individual research courses that permit students to investigate specialized research topics on a one-to-one basis.
The graduate program in Political Science at Kent State University has a unique program that offers three tracks of study: American Politics and Policy, Transnational and Comparative Politics and Policy, and Conflict Analysis and Management. Comprised of nationally recognized faculty, the program prepares students for careers in university teaching, government service, and research-based organizations by offering rigorous methodological training combined with a focus on relevant and contemporary political and policy issues and concerns.
Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of about 300. In making the decision to admit students, the Graduate Studies Committee takes into account a number of factors including grade point average, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, and the writing sample.
Yes unless (1) you have received a degree from an accredited U.S. university or (2) you are citizen of one of the countries that is exempt from the requirement. More information can be found at the Office of Global Education web site.
No, you do not choose an advisor when applying to the program. You may however indicate faculty that you would want to work with in your statement of purpose as part of the application process. After students enroll in the program, they will be assigned to an advisor based on their interests. Students are able to change their advisor at any time.
Most of the students in the PhD program are awarded a Graduate Assistantship (GA) based on merit. The financial support package, typically guaranteed for four years, includes a nine-month salary (currently $12,500), a tuition waiver, and a subsidized health insurance plan. Students who receive a GA position serve as research assistants, teaching assistants, and/or teaching fellows.