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Political Science Admissions

Applications for the doctoral program are due by January 15th. Due to the sequence of course offerings, doctoral students are required to begin the program in the fall semester. Applications for the masters program are due by January 15th (for full-time and part-time fall enrollment), or November 15th (for full-time and part-time spring enrollment). Non-degree applications are due by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

 Each applicant for admission to the MA or PhD program must submit the following
 information, by the deadline dates above, to the university’s graduate admissions office:

Doctoral Program

Master's Program

  • A completed application form,
  • The required application fee,
  • A personal statement describing the applicant’s goals and interests,
  • Transcripts of all previous study at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
  • GRE or LSAT test scores,
  • For foreign students, scores of the TOEFL examination,
  • At least three letters of recommendation from professors who know the applicant’s academic work, and
  • A substantial written piece of research, such as a master’s essay or a major seminar paper.
  • A completed application form,
  • The required application fee,
  • A personal statement describing the applicant’s goals and interests,
  • Transcripts of all previous study at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
  • GRE or LSAT test scores,
  • For foreign students, scores of the TOEFL examination, and
  • At least three letters of recommendation from professors who know the applicant’s academic work

Part-time Study

Part-time study is available for the MA and PhD programs offered by the Department of Political Science.

Non-degree

Up to three graduate courses can be taken on a non-degree basis. There is a streamlined application and enrollment process for those who wish to take courses on a non-degree basis

Required documents:

  • Online application form,
  • Official transcript from the highest degree awarded,
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Goals.
  • Applications for the fall and spring sessions are due one month prior to the start of the term for which admission is sought.

Non-degree students may apply to the Master’s or Doctoral program and, if admitted, the coursework that they successfully completed as non-degree students may be applied toward the requirements of the degree.

For more information, contact:
Kara Pangburn - Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Milne 110 | rockadmissions@albany.edu | 518-442-5396

Admissions as an Undergraduate to the University At Albany are done through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.