Graduate Program - POIR

USC’s Department of Political Science and the School of International Relations jointly offer the Political Science and International Relations (POIR) Ph.D. program. The goal is to combine rigorous training in the core literatures of both political science and international relations, with flexible, student-centered training in research on the frontiers of both disciplines. POIR offers a combination of standard and innovative fields of specialization in areas such as

  • Political Communication
  • Law and Public Policy
  • International Political Economy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Culture, Gender, and a Global Society
  • Student-created, specialized study opportunites

For more details, please visit the POIR website.

POIR program guidelines are also available here.

All POIR students receive a full five-year package of funding, including two fellowship years and teaching and research assistant-ships with generous annual stipends.  Funds are also available to support travel for research and conferences, in addition to specialized training in methodology and languages.

  • Department of Political Science