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Master of Arts in Political Science

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Coursework in Political Science: 18 hours expected

Students applying for admission to the MA program in political science should present at least 18 hours of previous academic work in political science, at least nine hours of which should be at the upper division or graduate level. The department may make exceptions to these requirements in unusual cases (for instance, if coursework in related fields such as psychology, economics and history compensates for the deficiencies in political science).

In order to take graduate courses in political science, students must either be admitted to the MA program or secure permission as a non-degree student. Non-degree students may take up to nine units of graduate coursework; however, they must first secure permission from the department graduate advisor to enroll in all graduate coursework. Non-degree students are not eligible to enroll in PSC 5000, The State of the Discipline.

Undergraduate GPA

Applicants should present an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered. The department typically admits students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Other Admission Requirements

In their applications students must submit transcripts and letters of recommendation from academic sources, as specified by the graduate school. In addition, applicants must submit a statement of academic objectives and an academic writing sample. Standardized test scores are not required of applicants, but will be considered if submitted.

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