Graduate Program Application Process

Admission to graduate study in the Department of Political Science is limited to students who have earned at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a relevant undergraduate major as part of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution or by special permission of the graduate faculty of the Department of Political Science. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Records Examination and supply at least three (3) letters of references from persons qualified to evaluate their undergraduate scholastic performance and their suitability for graduate work in this program.

A relevant major is a program of at least twenty-four (24) semester hours, or thirty-six (36) quarter hours in subjects associated with this degree program. Successful applicants who lack twenty-four (24) semester hours of relevant courses normally will be required to complete certain additional undergraduate courses which will serve to eliminate the background deficiencies discovered at the time of admission.Prospective students must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. The Department of Political Science requires the submission of a statement of purpose.

Click here to go to the Graduate School admissions page to download the application.

Transfer Credits

A total of nine (9) graduate semester hours may be transferred if (1) a grade of “B” or better in approved graduate courses has been earned in each course; (2) these courses were not used as partial fulfillment of undergraduate degree requirements and (3) the courses have some relevance to this program. An official transcript must be made available to the student’s advisor. The transfer of credits must be approved by the graduate faculty of the Department of Political Science.