Welcome to WashU Political Science’s Pipeline Program!

The Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) WUSTEPS program prepares undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for political science PhD programs. We offer an opportunity for prospective graduate students to train with leading political scientists at WashU as they prepare for their own graduate school journey. WUSTEPS is a FREE 6-week research program from May 22nd to June 30th where students will be paired with faculty mentors to explore their research interests and contribute to active and meaningful projects. Students will also receive introductory training in research methods as well as participate in professionalization seminars to prepare them for graduate school. Students can expect:

  1. On campus housing to be provided at no cost
  2. $4000 stipend for participation in the WU-STEPS program
  3. One-on-one mentoring and guidance

Interested students can click below to learn more about the program.

Why WashU?

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is a top-ranked graduate program that provides cutting edge training to students.

WashU has an outstanding track record of academic success with students earning tenure-track jobs at UCLA, NYU, Rice, Loyola and more.

By the numbers, WashU is:

  • 12th overall in Political Science PhD Programs.
  • 8th overall in Methods
  • 15th overall in American Politics

Find out more about our program here!

Why Political Science?

Struggling to understand if you are interested in Political Science?

At WashU students study political science because they are interested in investigating how governments and societies function and asking questions about how they might be improved.

Specifically, political science entails training students in advanced statistical methods to equip them with the tools necessary to design and conduct research. Additionally, students will receive substantive training in one subfield of their choice:

  • Comparative Politics (study of political regimes, including the state, development and modernization, political, economic, and social movements)
  • International Relations (study of global processes throughout the international system)
  • American Politics (study of U.S. institutions and political processes)