Announces Its Dean’s List of Top Political Science Grad Programs in the Areas of Career Support, Faculty Support, Financial Aid & Quality of Network

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To help prospective Political Science grad students better evaluate their options for continuing education, compiled and analyzed over 40,000 ratings posted on the site by students attending more than 1,200 different graduate programs nationwide.

As a follow up to its recently published Fall 2013 Top Political Science Grad Programs, is pleased to release its “Dean’s List” of top Political Science grad programs in the areas of career support, faculty accessibility & support, financial aid and quality of network as defined below:

Career Support: Quality of career planning resources and support received both during graduate school studies and after.
Faculty Accessibility & Support: Faculty responsiveness and support outside of the classroom.
Financial Aid: If you received Financial Aid from your school, how pleased are you with your package (grants, scholarships, etc.) and the application process?
Quality of Network: Does your program provide you strong peer, faculty and alumni networking connections and opportunities?

The ensuing rankings were compiled from student ratings and reviews posted on from Sept. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013 using a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

The top Political Science programs in the country for career support, faculty accessibility & support, financial aid and quality of network are:

Top Political Science Grad Programs for Career Support:
1    Kansas State University
2    University of California, Davis
3    Johns Hopkins University
4    University of California-Los Angeles
5    Arizona State University
6    Northeastern University
7    The University of Texas at Austin
8    Rutgers University-Newark
9    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10    New York University

Top Political Science Grad Programs for Faculty Accessibility & Support:
1    Kansas State University
2    Dartmouth College
3    Duke University
4    Rutgers University-Newark
5    Arizona State University
6    University of California, Davis
7    New York University
8    Yale University
9    Stanford University
10    Princeton University

Top Political Science Grad Programs for Financial Aid:
1    University of Louisville
2    University of Pennsylvania
3    Yale University
4    University of California, Davis
5    Florida State University
6    Princeton University
7    Michigan State University
8    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
9    Arizona State University
10    University of San Diego

Top Political Science Grad Programs for Quality of Network:
1    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2    Johns Hopkins University
3    New York University
4    The University of Chicago
5    Rutgers University-Newark
6    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7    Yale University
8    Florida State University
9    Arizona State University
10    Michigan State University

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights as well. One University of California, Davis Class of 2014 Political Science Grad student commented, “Funding opportunities abound. Faculty members are generally accessible, very supportive, and work with and collaborate with grad students on a regular basis. The department is also very interested in helping students succeed on the job market...”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

Methodology reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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