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The department emphasizes both quality teaching and research. Several faculty members have received awards and prizes for teaching excellence and innovative research. The department aims to train people as experts in the study of politics and government, while encouraging students to acquire a sufficient background in other disciplines to enable them to correlate their specialized knowledge with all aspects of modern life.

Degrees Offered

Political Science, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: December 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours and in political science courses
  • Applicant should have at least 12 hours of upper-level course work in political science (recommended)
  • An undergraduate major in an area other than political science may be acceptable

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based8817171717
TOEFL Paper-based5705252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Political Science Program

  • Completed application form, including the application fee
  • One to two page statement of purpose, describing the applicant’s interests and goals in graduate study in Political Science
  • Three letters of recommendation from those who can judge academic potential
  • Unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting universities attended
  • Official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Academic writing sample
  • CV
  • For international students only, official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Langage (TOEFL)

Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: December 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours and in political science courses
  • Applicant should have at least 12 hours of upper-level course work in political science (recommended)
  • An undergraduate major in an area other than political science may be acceptable

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet-based8817171717
TOEFL Paper-based5705252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Political Science Program

  • Completed application form, including the application fee
  • One to two page statement of purpose, describing the applicant’s interests and goals in graduate study in Political Science
  • Three letters of recommendation from those who can judge academic potential
  • Unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting universities attended
  • Official results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Academic writing sample
  • CV
  • For international students only, official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Langage (TOEFL)