MA in Political Science



The deadline for spring admission is October 15; for fall admission, it is June 1. Students must apply through the Office of Graduate Studies with the Online Application. In addition, each applicant is expected to upload all application materials directly to their application or send them to the Graduate Program Specialist

Admission Requirements

University Requirements plus:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. A concise personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) that discusses your academic goals and objectives, and why you wish to pursue a master’s degree in political science.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from academics who can write about and speak directly to your academic skills and potential for undertaking advanced academic research.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate level courses. Only official transcripts will be accepted. All transcripts of international students must be in English. And those wishing to transfer course credit must obtain a course-by-course assessment from an evaluation service.
  5. Official GRE scores. There is no required, minimum GRE score for admission. 
  6. TOEFL scores (only for non-native speakers).International Students must score at least a 79 overall to qualify for graduate admission. 

International Students: Transcripts/documents that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation. In addition, transfer applicants who completed any postsecondary work (college or university) at an institution not in the U.S. are required to submit an evaluation of that academic work. The evaluation must include a course-by-course assessment, with grades or marks and credits or hours equated to the U.S. system. Click here for a list of evaluation services and select Academic Credentials.

PLEASE NOTE: International students whose native language is not English and who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship must show proficiency in spoken English even if their TOEFL has been waived for admission to a graduate program. They will need to score at least a 26 on the spoken portion of the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). In the event that this requirement is not fulfilled, students may have the option of taking a special training course to qualify for a Graduate Assistantship.