Graduate Programs

Our graduate program in Political Science continues to thrive. We offer a PhD in political science (26 students matriculated as of Fall of 2019). We also offer Master's Degrees in International Relations (MAIR), and in Public Policy & Administration (MPPA), as well as a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy and Administration (JD/MPPA).

Baylor graduate students benefit from close relationships with individual faculty members in their areas of research, from top-notch teaching and mentoring, and from a wealth of stimulating intellectual and cultural events around campus.

In short, we offer a student-centered, outstanding preparation in political science and we are excited for you to be part of the Baylor experience!

The Graduate Program at Baylor prepares students for careers as scholars, teachers, policy makers, public managers, and researchers. Students may apply to the PhD program in Political Science, or to our Master's Programs: the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) or the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). The department also cooperates with Baylor's School of Law in administering the Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Policy and Administration (JD/MPPA). Students in the PhD program earn the Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science in the process of completing their PhD degree.

Students interested in applying should read the description of our programs and courses, as well as the profiles of our faculty and of the graduate students currently enrolled in the program.

Each year the Department of Political Science selects a short list of students to be considered for assistantships, and sponsors visits to the campus for them. We hold “Visitors' Days” early in the spring semester, in which we welcome prospective graduate students for a day of orientation, intellectual stimulation, and fun. The day is filled with a variety of activities, from classroom experiences, to discussions of theoretical perspectives in political science, to conveying information on graduate student housing and other practical matters. Students visit individually with our graduate professors and interact with our current graduate students.

Click here for information about graduate student housing. You might also like to visit the Graduate School's page that provides information about living in Waco as well as a virtual tour of Baylor's campus.


If you have questions about our programs, please contact our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Timothy Burns, at

Mrs. Jenice Langston is the Graduate Program Administrator. She can be found in the Political Science department office, Burleson Suite 307 and can be reached either at 254.710.3161 or by email at

Department of Political Science

One Bear Place #97276
Waco,TX 76798-7276