Graduate Student 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)

For a list of subfield descriptions, click here.

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