Admission to the MA and PhD programs is open to students holding a Bachelor or Master of Arts degree. Students must indicate in their application to which program they are applying. Students with a bachelor’s degree who ultimately plan to pursue a PhD are advised to apply directly to the PhD program, since only students in the doctoral program are eligible for funding, and the path directly to the doctorate is typically faster and more direct. Students in the direct track from BA to PhD usually receive their Master’s Degree upon successful completion of their comprehensive examinations. Students admitted to the master’s track may apply for formal admission to the PhD program. Students with a master’s degree in Political Science obtained at another university should apply directly to the PhD program.
All applications that are submitted by the deadline are reviewed by an admissions committee comprised of three Political Science Department faculty members from several different subfields. The committee considers all required materials that are submitted as part of the application packet. Applicants who have decided on a subfield should indicate it on their applications. The department offers a comprehensive program in all subfields of political science: