Political Science & Government

2022 Best Political Science & Government Schools

781 Colleges in the United States
48,597 Political Science Degrees Awarded
$33,977 Avg Early-Career Salary
Ranked #21 in popularity, political science and government is one of the most sought-after degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 781 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Political Science & Government Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 48,597 degrees in political science and government to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Political Science & Government School

Best Political Science & Government Schools The political science program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Political Science & Government rankings. For our Best Overall Political Science & Government School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Political Science & Government Degree Level

The political science school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Political Science & Government Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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Best Schools for Political Science & Government in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the political science degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Political Science

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
219 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Yale University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in political science and government. Yale is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Schools rank of #8 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were roughly 219 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent year we have data available. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Yale University earn $15,123 more than the typical political science student.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
129 Political Science Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Dartmouth College if you wish to pursue a degree in political science and government. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #6 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were about 129 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Dartmouth College make $25,923 more than the typical political science grad.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
171 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Duke University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in political science and government. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 171 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Political Science & Government degree recipients from Duke University get an earnings boost of around $13,423 above the typical income of political science and government graduates.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
154 Political Science Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Harvard University if you wish to pursue a degree in political science and government. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 154 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Harvard University earn $17,823 more than the typical political science student.

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#5

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
173 Political Science Degrees Awarded

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 173 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the political science and government program at University of Pennsylvania make $17,123 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
146 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 146 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Johns Hopkins University receive $29,773 more than the standard political science graduate.

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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In CA
86 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 86 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
166 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 166 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Political Science & Government degree recipients from Cornell University earn a boost of around $11,123 over the average income of political science and government majors.

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#9

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
146 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 146 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent data year. Political Science & Government degree recipients from Wake Forest University earn a boost of about $8,923 above the average earnings of political science and government majors.

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#10

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
346 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. This university ranks 1st out of 9 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were roughly 346 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the political science and government program at Georgetown University get $15,123 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#11

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
199 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 199 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Those political science and government students who get their degree from University of Notre Dame make $13,023 more than the average political science grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
330 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. This university ranks 2nd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 330 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York receive $17,123 more than the average political science student.

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#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
149 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 149 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the political science and government major at Northwestern University get $13,023 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#14

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the fringe town of Brunswick, Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1st out of 23 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were approximately 84 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Bowdoin in the most recent year we have data available. Political Science & Government degree recipients from Bowdoin College earn a boost of around $16,423 above the typical income of political science and government majors.

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#15

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
126 Political Science Degrees Awarded

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were roughly 126 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Political Science & Government degree recipients from University of Chicago receive an earnings boost of about $2,723 above the average income of political science and government majors.

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#16

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
70 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Williams is a small private not-for-profit college located in the town of Williamstown. This college ranks 3rd out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 70 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent year we have data available. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Williams College make $10,323 more than the typical political science grad.

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#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TN
105 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 50 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 105 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
83rd Most Popular In CA

Pomona is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Claremont. A Best Schools rank of #11 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Pomona is a great college overall.

There were approximately 19 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Pomona in the most recent year we have data available.

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#19

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
38th Most Popular In CA
36 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Claremont. A Best Schools rank of #5 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Claremont McKenna is a great college overall.

There were roughly 36 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Claremont McKenna in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MO
103 Political Science Degrees Awarded

WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were roughly 103 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent data year.

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#21

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
117 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were about 117 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the political science and government major at Princeton University get $13,923 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#22

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 79 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the political science and government major at Colgate University earn $19,223 more than the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#23

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
76 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Lewiston, Bates is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 23 schools for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 76 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Bates in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the political science and government major at Bates College make $2,923 more than the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#24

Barnard College

New York, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Barnard is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of New York. This college ranks 4th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 68 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Barnard in the most recent data year. Those political science and government students who get their degree from Barnard College make $8,623 more than the typical political science graduate.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In VA
53 Political Science Degrees Awarded

Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit university located in the town of Lexington. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 53 political science and government students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Political Science & Government Schools

#26

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
#27

Haverford College

Haverford, PA
#28

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#31

Brown University

Providence, RI

#32

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

#33

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#34

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#36

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#37

New York University

New York, NY
#38

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#39

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#40

Tufts University

Medford, MA

#41

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

#42

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#44

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#46

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#47

Colby College

Waterville, ME
#48

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#49

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Political Science & Government Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 781 different United States political science and government schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Emory University Atlanta, GA
51 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
52 Villanova University Villanova, PA
53 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
54 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
55 Northeastern University Boston, MA
56 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
57 Rice University Houston, TX
58 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
59 Elon University Elon, NC
60 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
61 Connecticut College New London, CT
62 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
63 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
64 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
65 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
66 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
67 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
68 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
69 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
70 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
71 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
72 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
73 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
74 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
75 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
76 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
77 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
78 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
79 Denison University Granville, OH
80 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
81 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
82 American University Washington, DC
83 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
84 Stonehill College Easton, MA
85 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
86 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
87 Boston University Boston, MA
88 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
89 University of Delaware Newark, DE
90 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
91 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
92 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
93 Teachers College at Columbia University New York, NY
94 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
95 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
96 Smith College Northampton, MA
97 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
98 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
99 Providence College Providence, RI
100 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
101 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
102 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
103 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
104 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
105 Furman University Greenville, SC
106 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
107 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
108 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
109 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
110 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
111 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
112 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
113 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
114 University of Georgia Athens, GA
115 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
116 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
117 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Political Science & Government Schools award.

Rank College Location
118 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
119 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
120 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
121 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
122 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
123 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
124 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
125 Clemson University Clemson, SC
126 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
127 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
128 Iowa State University Ames, IA
129 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
130 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
131 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
132 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
133 Mercer University Macon, GA
134 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
135 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
136 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
137 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
138 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
139 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
140 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
141 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
142 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
143 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
144 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
145 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
146 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
147 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
148 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
149 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
150 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
151 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
152 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
153 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
154 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
155 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
156 Seattle University Seattle, WA

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Political Science Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Political Science 46,740
Other Political Science & Government 1,149
American Government & Politics (United States) 375
Political Economy 333

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 48,831
Sociology 37,807
General Social Sciences 19,742
International Relations & National Security 14,762
Anthropology 12,008
Criminology 10,182
Geography & Cartography 8,936
Other Social Sciences 2,491
Urban Studies 1,475
Sociology & Anthropology 498

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to UKWiki at English Wikipedia.

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