These 11 colleges were rated the top in the country for political science graduate programs by students. The #1 rated school, Kansas State University, earned a 4.84 out of 5 rating, with top marks in campus safety and career advising. Prestigious schools like Yale University and the University of Chicago stand out for reputation, but for more budget-conscious students, colleges like Florida Atlantic University and Kansas State University should stand out, both of which average out-of-state annual tuition costs of less than $20,000 and less than $10,000 for state residents. Concentrations in these programs include American politics, international relations, political theory, and research.
A 2016 political science graduate at New York University rated the school a 5 out of 5, citing a great academic program as well as good scholarship programs for students: "The scholarship covers all from tuition to stipend. And it is given to all the Ph.D students without exception." A 2014 graduate of University of California-Davis's political science program appreciated the supportive faculty in his program, saying, "faculty members are generally accessible, very supportive, and work with and collaborate with grad students on a regular basis."
|Rank||College||Annual Tuition||2016 Student Rating|
|#1 Kansas State University||Annual Tuition $21,459||2016 Student Rating 4.84|
|#2 Claremont Graduate University||Annual Tuition $32,874||2016 Student Rating 4.47|
|#3 Florida Atlantic University||Annual Tuition $18,446||2016 Student Rating 4.45|
|#4 Florida State University||Annual Tuition $26,697||2016 Student Rating 4.32|
|#5 New York University||Annual Tuition $40,984||2016 Student Rating 4.29|
|#6 Yale University||Annual Tuition $38,700||2016 Student Rating 4.08|
|#7 University of California-Davis||Annual Tuition $28,266||2016 Student Rating 4.04|
|#8 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign||Annual Tuition $31,231||2016 Student Rating 3.98|
|#9 Duke University||Annual Tuition $48,656||2016 Student Rating 3.96|
|#10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Annual Tuition $28,285||2016 Student Rating 3.95|
|#11 University of Chicago||Annual Tuition $52,713||2016 Student Rating 3.75|
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.