Application Information

This page is divided into information about Degrees, Procedures, and Frequently Asked Questions.


The department accepts applications only for full time study for the Ph.D. in Political Science. We do not offer a Master’s (M.A.) program or part-time study. More information about the Ph.D. program, including program requirements, is available here. All admitted students receive five full years of funding (with a possibility of a sixth), including tuition, health insurance, and a generous stipend.

A joint Ph.D. degree is available with African American Studies, Statistics and Data Science, the Yale Law School, or the School of Management.  Students applying for a joint degree program must apply to and be accepted by both programs independently. Consult the Yale Graduate School’s Requirements for Joint Degree Programs for further information.

(Visting students from other universities may apply for Visiting Assistant in Research Positions. Students who wish to take classes without pursuing a degree may apply for Special Student status. More information is available under Frequently Asked Questions.)

Students interested in pursuing quantitative political science research in American politics should consider the pre-doctoral fellows program from the Center for the Study of American Politics (see here).


The application deadline for admission in Fall 2025 is December 15, 2024. 

Late applications are not accepted. Applicants will be informed of the results of the application process by mid–March 2025.

Please note that ALL applicants for the Ph.D. in Political Science are required to submit GRE General Exam test scores, a writing sample, a personal statement, transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation.

Students are also required to select a primary subfield of study among our eight fields (American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political economy, or political theory, quantitative empirical methods, qualitative and archival methods, and formal theory).

Additionally, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Test System) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.

This requirement is waived only for applicants who will have received a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction.

The application is an online process—all policies, procedures, instructions and answers to frequently asked application questions, as well as access to the application, can be found at Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

We encourage applicants, in their personal statement, to do the following succinctly (in no more than 1000 words): (1) discuss their motivation for conducting research, (2) provide a detailed summary of their research experience and training and how it prepares them for doctoral study in their proposed program (the standalone PhD in Political Science or the combined degree, if applicable), (3) the topic(s) they plan to study in graduate school and how they would approach those questions, and (4) why Yale is a good fit given their interests.

The Political Science department at Yale is committed to building a diverse and inclusive field. For more information about Yale’s commitment to diversity, including the Diversity Preview Day, see here. For more information about resources on diversity, safety, and wellness, see here. The department participates in the annual job fair of APSA’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. For more information about the program, see here.