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International :15 Dec 

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

2410 USD
2410 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Political science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)329
GMAT (avg)710

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About this course

Doctoral students are required to elect two of the following major fields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, models and methods, political economy, and security studies. In each of the two elected fields, students will take a written general exam followed by a single oral general exam covering both fields. Specific fields may have additional requirements.

Students may take subjects in other MIT departments. Cross-registration arrangements also permit enrollment in subjects taught in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and in some of Harvard's other graduate schools. Students are encouraged to do field research and develop close working ties with faculty members engaged in major research activities.

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Eligibility Criteria

Doctoral students must complete the following requirements:

  • One class for first-year students introducing principles of empirical and theoretical analysis in political science
  • One class in statistics
  • One class in empirical research methods
  • One class in political philosophy
  • Reading proficiency in one language other than English (demonstrated by two semesters of intermediate-level college coursework or an exam) or knowledge of advanced statistics (demonstrated by three semesters of course work or an exam)
  • A second-year paper and related workshop
  • A doctoral thesis

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Course Modules

The MIT PhD in Political Science requires preparation in two of these major fields:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Models and Methods
  • Political Economy
  • Security Studies

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How to Apply

Letters Of Recommendation

At MIT, we require letters of recommendation from two teachers (one math/science, one humanities), plus materials from your guidance counselor (typically including your transcript, a school profile, and a letter of recommendation). 

MIT's recommendations process is online; you will need to create a separate recommendations account in addition to your MyMIT account.

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