• April 18, 2014

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Political Science

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
American U.
Political Science
85 94 86 100 87 98 3 14 49 82
Arizona State U.
Political Science
48 67 62 83 15 57 28 52 48 78
Bingham-
tonton U. (SUNY)

Political Science
5 20 3 15 8 48 18 40 23 49
Boston College
Political Science
65 86 70 93 42 75 89 101 47 92
Boston U.
Political Science
59 81 61 80 85 104 6 24 44 81
Brandeis U.
Politics
73 89 84 103 30 68 36 63 56 90
Brown U.
Political Science
33 51 29 57 66 87 8 25 41 71
Catholic U. of America
Politics
100 104 88 103 85 98 91 101 97 104
City U. of New York Graduate Center
Political Science
87 97 64 83 101 104 11 32 46 79
Claremont Graduate U.
Politics and Policy
98 103 85 100 99 104 32 54 68 95
Columbia U.
Political Science
6 17 5 16 68 89 26 50 2 5
Cornell U.
Government
25 37 26 43 20 55 7 25 12 27
Duke U.
Political Science
6 20 6 17 13 49 74 90 6 17
Emory U.
Political Science
11 32 11 29 6 46 56 83 18 38
Florida Inter-
national U.

International Relations
50 73 64 82 7 68 35 62 55 89
Florida Inter-
national U.

Political Science
78 92 78 98 51 76 3 10 98 104
Florida State U.
Political Science
16 37 17 42 1 13 53 77 43 80
George Washing-
ton U.

Political Science
7 22 3 14 57 83 80 97 17 35
Georgetown U.
Government
62 77 56 71 82 91 75 94 23 44
Georgia State U.
Political Science
52 72 52 69 27 69 3 14 71 95
Harvard U.
Government
1 2 1 4 6 33 59 81 1 3
Howard U.
Political Science
70 86 92 103 95 103 1 1 43 102
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Political Science
11 28 19 38 2 30 42 66 23 49
Johns Hopkins U.
Political Science
66 82 77 95 22 55 12 33 47 78
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Political Science
45 62 43 63 65 93 84 97 41 76
Loyola U. Chicago
Political Science
97 104 75 99 86 100 92 104 88 104
Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Political Science
13 36 4 25 66 85 49 75 11 30
Michigan State U.
Political Science
15 29 21 37 8 36 50 74 27 46
New York U.
Politics
3 7 2 8 19 58 9 30 5 12
Northern Illinois U.
Political Science
88 98 92 103 38 68 45 71 81 96
North-
western U.

Political Science
35 49 28 50 53 79 17 40 30 55
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Political Science
19 34 21 41 8 41 48 74 7 20
Old Dominion U.
International Studies
93 102 78 98 96 104 35 59 77 95
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Political Science
3 7 6 19 1 20 7 27 16 33
Princeton U.
Politics
7 16 13 21 6 33 41 70 7 16
Purdue U. Main Campus
Political Science
39 53 47 64 24 61 4 16 42 71
Rice U.
Political Science
4 15 5 16 1 27 10 30 22 44
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Political Science
47 67 53 72 37 72 36 63 23 48
Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale
Political Science
92 101 70 90 61 80 74 93 100 105
Stanford U.
Political Science
1 2 1 3 1 13 43 69 2 9
State U. of New York at Albany
Political Science
93 101 86 102 87 98 42 67 64 89
State U. of New York at Stony Brook
Political Science
14 37 14 44 4 29 50 79 21 42
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Political Science
64 83 71 92 42 72 10 32 38 70
Temple U.
Political Science
53 74 32 52 66 89 63 86 63 95
Texas A&M U.
Political Science
13 30 12 25 5 40 39 61 22 46
Texas Tech U.
Political Science
73 92 69 96 15 51 61 83 88 100
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Political Science
69 92 45 79 87 98 48 77 49 83
U. of Alabama
Political Science
64 85 42 58 31 78 56 81 88 102
U. of Arizona
Political Science
20 36 26 47 1 19 31 57 30 55
U. of California at Berkeley
Political Science
8 23 9 22 59 81 87 99 1 3
U. of California at Davis
Political Science
7 26 6 23 5 31 88 100 20 35
U. of California at Irvine
Political Science
36 50 31 50 50 77 40 66 30 50
U. of California at Los Angeles
Political Science
31 44 32 50 51 79 40 66 8 17
U. of California at Riverside
Political Science
27 45 11 35 29 64 71 91 47 79
U. of California at San Diego
Political Science
5 18 5 17 23 56 84 98 6 20
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Political Science
65 86 55 80 83 97 35 62 39 73
U. of Chicago
Political Science
28 44 29 54 60 83 11 34 8 19
U. of Cincinnati Main Campus
Political Science
81 95 80 97 47 83 20 46 62 96
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Political Science
37 54 40 61 18 55 56 81 37 66
U. of Connec-
ticut

Political Science Ph.D.
53 73 61 78 41 71 57 80 35 69
U. of Dallas
Politics
105 105 105 105 98 104 100 104 103 105
U. of Delaware
Political Science & International Relations
60 81 78 97 4 32 4 18 90 101
U. of Florida
Political Science
54 76 50 71 32 68 59 82 45 77
U. of Georgia
Political Science
78 91 58 74 79 95 96 103 52 87
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Political Science
89 98 96 104 84 96 19 43 36 66
U. of Houston main campus
Political Science
93 100 98 104 23 57 94 102 67 96
U. of Illinois at Chicago
Political Science
81 98 77 104 40 76 35 60 62 90
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Political Science
10 26 16 31 12 46 20 42 21 39
U. of Iowa
Political Science
46 61 24 40 79 94 80 95 26 48
U. of Kansas
Political Science
51 70 63 76 1 31 47 77 71 95
U. of Kentucky
Political Science
34 47 25 43 24 59 102 105 48 88
U. of Maryland at College Park
Government and Politics
33 46 21 40 66 86 37 60 9 22
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Political Science
56 74 66 79 30 64 18 39 44 74
U. of Miami
International Studies
55 78 75 98 75 95 2 3 35 71
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Political Science
3 6 2 9 29 61 15 38 3 7
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Political Science
25 38 22 39 30 65 22 48 15 29
U. of Mississippi
Political Science
46 81 45 77 1 56 72 93 64 100
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Political Science
28 72 17 78 48 79 21 43 39 74
U. of Missouri at Saint Louis
Political Science
84 97 74 92 87 99 2 9 77 99
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Political Science
46 63 54 71 10 43 55 83 67 94
U. of Nevada at Reno
Political Science
99 104 97 104 78 104 98 105 92 105
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Political Science
34 53 34 64 5 47 9 28 65 93
U. of New Orleans
Political Science
N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Political Science
17 32 22 39 7 43 80 96 8 18
U. of North Texas
Political Science
73 87 44 55 93 103 75 93 58 86
U. of Notre Dame
Political Science
49 66 62 81 24 59 12 33 41 66
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Political Science
79 91 78 94 54 81 62 83 68 94
U. of Oregon
Political Science
44 61 43 63 9 39 62 84 62 87
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Political Science
39 61 24 52 49 81 22 48 29 66
U. of Pittsburgh Main Campus
Political Science
14 34 25 58 12 45 3 12 10 38
U. of Rochester
Political Science
21 38 27 48 1 23 13 34 39 73
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Political Science & International Studies
53 71 51 70 64 82 40 67 43 68
U. of Southern California
Politics & International Relations
26 40 25 46 32 63 8 25 12 27
U. of Tennessee
Political Science
67 85 78 93 17 71 72 92 70 98
U. of Texas at Austin
Government
41 54 47 62 20 56 90 102 23 43
U. of Utah
Political Science
96 102 82 97 104 105 77 95 52 85
U. of Virginia
Politics
61 78 57 72 59 84 74 91 26 48
U. of Washing-
ton

Political Science
16 33 14 31 31 63 42 69 17 34
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Political Science
19 31 23 37 7 35 70 92 10 22
U. of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Political Science
52 76 43 66 1 13 100 105 94 103
Vanderbilt U.
Political Science
32 51 35 65 9 47 11 34 38 68
Washing-
ton State U.

Political Science
43 64 38 62 60 84 29 54 56 89
Washing-
ton U. in St. Louis

Political Science
6 18 5 15 8 47 58 81 17 36
Wayne State U.
Political Science
65 87 71 91 67 90 23 46 44 83
Western Michigan U.
Political Science
80 93 92 102 32 66 7 26 82 100
Yale U.
Political Science
6 17 8 20 19 52 21 43 4 8
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.

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