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For Current Students

Graduate Program Overview

Review the requirements of the program, download the handbook, and see an example of a typical course of study in our program.

Courses of Study

Explore the expertise of our faculty and what it is like to specialize in one of the four main subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory.

Professional Development

See what programs and resources the Department of Political Science and Vanderbilt University offer in high-quality training for academic careers and healthy work-life balance.

Resources for Supporting and Including All Students in Success

A page describing our approach to recruiting and supporting students from all experiences and identities in our program, as well as links to support offices around campus.

Roster of Current Graduate Students

Find contact information and more about the currently enrolled PhD students in the Political Science Program.

Current Courses

Explore the current and future course offerings for the program. 

Financial Aid

Read about our financial support for admitted students and other financial aid opportunities, including fellowships from the university and external sources.

Graduate Placement

See where our PhD graduates have started their careers.

Links for Funding Travel, Training, Research, and Other Opportunities

Find links to some of the forms and offices you may need most.