According to the US News ranking, three US universities are ranked joint top in the nation for their political science programs.

Harvard's Government Department is one of the leading political science communities in the country, with strength in research and teaching in the field of political science and other areas such as formal theory, methodology, and political economy. 

Princeton's PhD program in Politics is among the strongest in the nation, currently ranked joint first by the US News. Graduate students in Politics program may choose to specialize in American politics, comparative politics, formal and quantitative methods, international relations, political theory or public law.

Stanford Department of Political Science is among the best in the US, offering Ph.D. program in the fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Methodology, Political Institutions, and Political Theory. The PhD program is designed to be completed in five years of full-time study.

Ranking of Best Political Science Programs (Top 20 list):
1 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
1 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA
4 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
5 Yale University New Haven, CT
6 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA
7 Columbia University New York, NY
7 University of California--San Diego La Jolla, CA
9 Duke University Durham, NC
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
11 Univ of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
11 Univ of Chicago Chicago, IL
13 Univ of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill , NC
13 Washington Univ in St. Louis St. Louis, MO
15 Univ of Rochester Rochester, NY
15 Univ of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI
17 New York Univ New York, NY
17 Ohio State Univ Columbus, OH
17 Uni of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
20 Cornell Univ Ithaca, NY

Source: US News & World Report 2010

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek