U.S. News Political Science Graduate Rankings

The following is the collection of U.S. News political science doctoral program reputation scores and rankings from 1998 to 2013. The rankings, derived from the survey responses of department chairs and graduate program directors, is one indicator of each department's reputation in the discipline. The calculated reputation scores can range from between 1 (marginal) and 5 (outstanding).

U.S. News has conducted the survey for political science doctoral programs five times between 2008 and 2013. For those programs that have been ranked in every survey between 2008 and 2013, I provide a spreadsheet of the calculated reputation score and the ranking for each institution for every iteration of the survey. Click here to access the spreadsheet. Please note that these are the general reputation scores and rankings, not the specific field (e.g. American politics, international relations, etc.) rankings.

In addition, I have created a visualization of shifts over time for each program in terms of reputation score and ranking. The motion chart should be visible immediately below. Specific departments can be selected, and you can see the shift (if any) in a department's reputation score and ranking over the several iterations of the U.S. News survey. It is interesting to see which departments have risen in terms of reputation score, which departments have fallen in terms of reputation score, and which departments have maintained a stable reputation score.

Select a specific program from the list on the right side of the chart, then click on the play button in the lower left hand corner of the chart to see that department's reputation score and ranking over time, in relation to the other major doctoral departments ranked by U.S. News between 1998 and 2013. Make sure that the "Trails" box is unchecked before pressing play. To make the motion chart easier to see, it is best to select the option allowing for unique colors for each department. This can be done by selecting the "Unique colors" option in the top right hand corner of the chart, above the list of the individual departments. The motion chart is unlikely to be visible on mobile devices.

U.S. News Political Science Ranking Dynamics