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PhD Program in Government

Focus of the PhD Program:

The PhD in Government offered by the Department of Government and International Affairs trains post-B.A. and post-M.A. students for fields related to research, teaching, and professional careers with local through global governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Our doctoral program’s theoretical depth, methodological rigor, and emphasis on practical application will provide a multidisciplinary perspective to the study of governance in the contemporary environment. Regardless of students’ career goals, this PhD in Government will enable graduates to conduct sophisticated research and contribute to policy making in the field of international relations, comparative politics, American government, and political theory. More information can be found in the PhD Program Handbook (see link below under General Forms & Information).

Graduate Course Schedule

To view our Summer 2017 courses click here

To view our Summer 2017 Electives click here

To view our Fall 2017 courses click here

Financial Aid:

Graduate Assistantships provide approximately $15,000 per year plus 9 credits of tuition waiver per semester.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • A concise personal statement about your academic goals
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably by academics
  • GRE scores and when applicable TOEFL scores
  • Official Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate level courses
  • Writing sample of no more than 30 pages

International students: Transcripts/documents that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation. In addition, transfer applicants who completed any postsecondary work (college or university) at an institution not in the U.S. are required to submit an evaluation of that academic work. The evaluation must include a course-by-course assessment, with grades or marks and credits or hours equated to the U.S. system. Click here for a list of evaluation services.

To Apply:

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The university’s application for admission is available online at
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The deadline for Fall entry is JANUARY 15th of each year.

For more information or questions about the program, please contact:

Dr. Bernd Reiter, Graduate Director
Phone: 813-974-7569

Linda Boyette, Academic Program Specialist
Phone: 813-974-0790

PLEASE NOTE: International students whose native language is not English and who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship must show proficiency in spoken English even if their TOEFL has been waived for admission to a graduate program. They will need to score at least a 26 on the spoken portion of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or a 50 on the SPEAK test administered through INTO-USF.


Thesis, Dissertation, and Proposal Guidelines and Tips
Research Proposal Example
Ph.D. in Government Tracking Sheet (Excel)
Ph.D. in Government Tracking Sheet (PDF)
Ph.D. Program Handbook
Independent Study/Directed Research Contract
Graduate Studies Office Forms
Plagiarism Information (Graduate Studies Office)


Readings Lists in preparation for Doctoral Student Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Proposal Approval form
Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Form
Graduate Student Supervisory Committee Appointment Form
Dissertation Checklist
Certificate of Approval Form for Thesis & Dissertation
Graduate Studies Office - Thesis & Dissertation Information


How to Write an Abstract
Academic Book Publishers in Political Science