Graduate Student Handbook

MIT Certificates are required to download the handbook.


I. Policies and Procedures of the Graduate Program (pdf)
A. Advisory System
B. Guidelines to Work Load
C. Incompletes
D. Financial Aid Policy
E. Readmission
F. Deviations from Written Policy

II. Requirements for the SM Degree (pdf)

III. Requirements for the PhD Degree (pdf)
A. Required Courses and Fields of Study
B. Political Analysis Requirements
C. Language/Advanced Statistics Requirement

IV. Second Year Paper (pdf)

V. General Examinations (pdf)

VI. Dissertation Process and Colloquia (pdf)

VII. Field Descriptions (coming soon)
A. American Politics
B. Comparative Politics
C. International Relations and Foreign Policy
D. Models and Methods
E. Political Economy
F. Security Studies

For questions about the handbook, please contact Susan at 617-253-8336 or