|Graduate Program Director
Director of Graduate Studies
|Graduate Contact Information
Administrative Aide, Graduate Program
19 West 4th St. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
can be found at the GSAS
admissions page; Online
applications are also available. Please note the application
deadline of December 15, 2005.
goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students to conduct research,
to teach, or to work in applied settings at the best institutions in
the United States and abroad. To achieve this goal, the program
specifies the distribution of courses, the substance and timing of
requirements, the forms of faculty supervision, and the criteria for
advancement within the program.
The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required
of all students, including all international students applying from
countries in which the GRE is offered. All international students are
also required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) scores. Letters of recommendation must clearly indicate that an
applicant is capable of successfully pursuing the doctorate. The
applicant is also required to submit a writing sample and statement of
educational background and objectives. A bachelor's degree is required
for admission to the Ph.D. program. A Master of Arts degree is not a
requirement for admission to the Ph.D program.
Requirements: Students must complete 72 points (18 courses)
beyond the B.A. degree. There are no department- wide course
requirements. To guard against excessive specialization, students must
take at least three courses (12 points) in each of at least two fields.
Course credits transferred from another institution may count toward
the fulfillment of this requirement. The fields presently recognized by
the department include (1) political philosophy and theory, (2)
political methodology, (3) American politics, (4) political economy,
(5) comparative politics, and (6) international relations. In
consultation with their adviser, students may petition the director of
graduate studies (DGS) to create a field of their own making. Such a
field may be interdisciplinary. Doctoral students are expected to
maintain a 3.5 grade point average.
entering the program, students should declare their intended major,
which can be changed at any time in consultation with the student's
adviser. A student specializing in any recognized field may have to
satisfy course requirements established by faculty in this field.
Admission to some advanced courses may be conditional on students
having taken some other courses or having an equivalent background. In
all cases, students must consult their adviser to plan a comprehensive
program of courses and inform their adviser of any changes.
are no limits on courses taken in other departments or other university
members of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (other than those
specified by the GSAS). Students are encouraged to develop knowledge
and acquire methodological skills in sister disciplines.
train themselves in academic research and writing, students are
encouraged to write research papers, typically by applying or
developing the work of a particular course in subsequent reading and
research courses. The two required papers, the M.A. paper and the Ph.D.
qualifying paper (see below), are normally prepared in this way.
who have satisfied all the requirements of a particular course other
than the final examination or paper and who present a written proposal
for a research paper related to this course may ask the instructor for
a research in progress (RIP) grade. Students who receive this grade are
expected to take a reading and research course during the subsequent
semester(s) to research and write the paper. This grade is reported to
the registrar as IP (Incomplete Pass) but is distinguished by the
department from Incomplete grades for all other purposes, including
financial decisions. On completing the research paper, the student
receives final grades for the courses.
Paper: Students who enter the program without an M.A. degree
must present a written M.A. paper by no later than the beginning of
their second year. The specific requirements for the paper depend on
the field, but the general rule is that it should have the format of an
article in this field. The topic of the M.A. paper should be chosen in
consultation with faculty members. On completion, the paper is
submitted for reading by two faculty members chosen by the director of
graduate studies (DGS), no later than within two months after
submission. The paper can receive a high pass, a low pass, or a failing
paper does not receive a unanimous high pass, the student may revise
and resubmit it by no later than the beginning of the fourth semester
of residence. If the paper receives a low pass and the student
maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average, the student is granted
the M.A. degree but must leave the program. If the paper receives a
failing grade or if the student's grade point average is below 3.0, no
degree is granted. If the revised paper receives different grades from
the two readers, the DGS appoints a third reader and the expanded
committee will decide the grade. A student whose M.A. paper and grade
record are satisfactory is considered to have advanced toward the Ph.D.
Waiver: Students entering with an M.A. degree from an
equivalent institution may petition for a waiver of up to one year of
course requirements (equivalent of 24 points). For this purpose, a copy
of the M.A. thesis (in any language that can be read by at least two
faculty members) must be submitted to the director of graduate studies
(DGS) when the student enters the program. The DGS appoints two faculty
members as readers to decide whether the thesis is equivalent in
standards and quality to the department's requirements. If the M.A.
thesis is approved, the student submits the waiver petition to the DGS
at the end of the first year of residence. In consultation with the
readers, the DGS decides whether or not to waive residence requirements
on the basis of the M.A. thesis and the grade record of the student
during the first year at New York University.
Requirement: Doctoral students must demonstrate proficiency
in a language other than English. The Graduate School of Arts and
Science determines which languages qualify, but another language can be
substituted on recommendation of the student's adviser and the director
of graduate studies and with approval of the language coordinator. A
student whose native language is not English should consult the
director of graduate studies regarding fulfillment of the
Qualifying Examination: No later than the end of the fifth
semester in residence (third semester for students who receive an M.A.
waiver), students must complete the Ph.D. qualifying examination, which
consists of the submission of a qualifying paper (QP) and the oral
defense of a syllabus.
is a research paper of publishable quality, satisfying all formal
requirements for an article in a given field. Before writing the paper,
students should submit a brief proposal to at least two faculty
members, who become "readers" on approving this proposal. The topic
(but not necessarily the field) of the QP must differ from that of the
M.A. paper, and the two papers must be read by at least four different
readers. The work on the QP can be and should be assisted by faculty.
Readers evaluate this paper within two months of submission. The
readers have the option of accepting the paper, suggesting revisions,
or rejecting the paper. If invited to do so, the student may revise the
paper and resubmit it within six months. If the revision is not
accepted by both readers, the student is considered to have failed this
must also submit an original syllabus for a graduate introduction to a
field. This syllabus should attest to the understanding of the
structure of the field, as well as to the knowledge of the primary and
secondary literature. This syllabus is presented at an oral hearing to
two faculty members, who then pass or fail the syllabus and its
defense. Students who successfully complete both of these requirements
qualify as candidates for the Ph.D. degree. Students who do not satisfy
both requirements by the end of the third year (second year for
students who receive an M.A. waiver) are required by the department to
leave the program, save for exceptional circumstances.
After completing the qualifying examination,
students must present a Ph.D. dissertation proposal. The proposal
ordinarily should be presented before the end of the third year in
residence (second year for students who receive an M.A. waiver).
Students who do not present a proposal within one calendar year of
passing their qualifying examination must petition the DGS to be
allowed to do so.
proposal should specify the problem to be researched, summarize the
current state of knowledge, describe research procedures, and identify
the bodies of relevant information. It should be no more than 15
single-spaced pages, plus a bibliography. A dissertation committee (see
below) must approve the proposal. When all members are satisfied with
the proposal, the committee meets with the student in an advisory
hearing. Acceptance of the proposal signals that the student has
satisfied all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree other than the
dissertation must constitute a substantial body of original research of
publishable quality. Except by the expressed permission of the chair of
the department, the dissertation should not exceed 100,000 words. Once
members of the committee approve the dissertation, an oral defense is
the student's thesis director approves the dissertation and the
dissertation committee agrees that it is ready for defense, a final
oral defense is scheduled before a panel of five faculty members
appointed by the chair of the department or the director of graduate
studies. The GSAS regulates the procedures for this defense.
department expects students to complete the dissertation and its
defense within four years after finishing course requirements. GSAS
regulations require students to complete them within ten years from
entering the graduate program (seven years for those entering with an
M.A. from another university).
On entering the program, each student is assigned a preliminary adviser
after a consultation with the DGS. Students are free to change their
adviser at any time during their residence. They should inform the DGS
of such changes.
month of April of the first year in the program, students meet with
members of their advisory committee (comprising their adviser and one
faculty member with whom they have worked) to discuss the substance of
their research, progress in the program, and future plans. Advice for
fall registration may also be given at this meeting. The DGS notifies
all first-year students of the need to schedule this meeting with the
adviser and sends a copy of each notice and report form to the adviser.
Following the meeting, the adviser submits a brief report for the
beginning to work on the qualifying paper, students must form a QP
committee consisting of two readers (see above). Students should keep
this committee informed about the progress of their research. Before
beginning to work on the Ph.D. dissertation, students must form a
thesis committee, comprising at least three faculty members (the
committee chair and two members), of whom at least two must be members
of the department. Students should consult with the committee while
preparing the proposal and working on the thesis.
Graduate Office maintains a progress checklist for each student,
showing the adviser, major and minor fields, M.A. paper topic and
readers, QP topic and committee, and dissertation topic and committee.
The fellowship evaluation and progress (FEP) committee uses this
checklist to oversee the progress of all students in the program.
Progress: A student is considered to be making satisfactory
progress as long as she or he does the following:
1. Submits a previously written M.A. thesis on entering the program or
consults with faculty about writing the M.A. paper during the first
semester in the program.
2. Submits the M.A. paper by the beginning of the third semester or, if
invited to do so, resubmits it by the beginning of the fourth semester.
3. Submits the QP and the syllabus and defends the syllabus by the end
of the fifth semester (third for students entering with an equivalent
M.A. degree) or, if invited to do so, resubmits the QP and defends the
syllabus by the end of the sixth semester.
4. Defends the Ph.D. proposal within six months of passing the Ph.D.
who are not making satisfactory progress are notified by the DGS and
must petition the fellowship evaluation and progress (FEP) committee to
be allowed to continue in the program. With regard to points 1 through
3 above, this request is granted only if the delay is caused by
exceptional circumstances. With regard to point 4, it is sufficient
that the student demonstrates reasonable progress.
references to time are based on a calendar of effective semesters
(normally 12 points). Hence, part-time students may take a longer
period to satisfy the requirements.
Students: Under special circumstances, nonmatriculants
(students who are not working toward a degree) may enroll for one
course per semester with permission of the director of graduate
studies. Nonmatriculants can earn cumulatively no more than 12 points
in the Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Degree Program in Politics with an Emphasis in Near Eastern Studies: The
program enables political scientists to acquire a regional
specialization in the Near East. The program includes six courses on
the Near East (four of them taken outside the Department of Politics)
and several electives. For details, see the director of graduate
Ph.D. Degree Program in Politics and French Studies: For
students interested in French and European politics, the department
offers a joint Ph.D. degree program with the Institute of French
Studies. The program gives students broad training in French culture,
society, economics, and politics. Courses are offered in both French
and English. Fluency in French is required for this program. For
details see the director of graduate studies.
Fellowships, Prizes, and Awards
comprehensive list of University, Graduate School, and departmental
fellowships, prizes, and awards appears in the Financing Graduate
Education section of the GSAS Application for Admission and Financial