Admissions Requirements

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Guide To Doctoral Study

Because the number of positions available in this program is limited, the competition for available openings is keen. Those not having majored in political science or not being acquainted with quantitative research methods, however, are not at a disadvantage.

The deadline for application and to be considered for assistantships/fellowships, is January 7—all materials must be on file with the department, including GRE scores. A normal admission requires a Verbal and Quantitative GRE score each in the 70th percentile (at least 156 of the points must come from the verbal examination) and an analytical writing score of 4.5 or higher.

Other normal admission requirements include a bachelor's degree, an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale (or its equivalent for foreign applicants), and three letters of recommendation from persons who can comment upon the applicant's academic ability and motivation. Foreign students whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100. For applicants who have done graduate work elsewhere, we require a graduate grade point average of at least 3.5.

With respect to the GRE and GPA requirements, it should be noted that achievement well above our minimum on one may help compensate for a score somewhat below our minimum on the other.

Because of the structure of our curriculum, new doctoral students must enter the program at the beginning of the fall term.