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The Department offers fall admission only. The application deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is December 15, 2023. Application decisions are made in early February.
The application is available online beginning September 15th; please see Graduate Office webpage for applicants.
If you have further questions please contact: Lisa Berry
The Department of Political Science and International Relations establishes admissions requirements. Our decision to admit an applicant to the graduate program is primarily based on:
A $75 application fee can be paid via credit card when the online application is submitted.
A limited number of fee waivers will be provided to ONLY the students who have participated in the American Political Science Association's Ralphe Bunche Summer Institute, Diversity Fellowship Program, or Diversity Student Recruitment Program.
If you participated in one of these three programs, please contact Lisa Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org, to obtain a fee waiver.
Unofficial transcripts may be submitted as part of your online application. An official transcript may be requested at a later date.
Please follow the instructions given on the Graduate Admissions website for uploading letters of recommendation/resume/statement of objectives/personal statement.
The writing sample may be a course paper, a chapter of a BA or MA degree thesis, or a published work that best reflects the applicant’s writing and research aptitudes.
A writing sample or additional documents must be submitted as part of your online application.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. A score of at least 600 for the paper-based test or a score of 100 on the internet-based test is preferred for consideration for admission.
Note: English proficiency scores are valid for two years. Official scores are only marked as received when received directly from the testing service. The ETS University of Delaware code is 5811.
TOEFL waiver information:
A waiver of proof of English Proficiency is allowed when:A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a university recognized the ministry of education in a country where English is the primary language. Our list of approved countries includes Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cameroon, Canada (except the province of Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, The United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree has been or will be earned from a college or university located in the United States and accredited by a regional accrediting association.
Normally, a 3.25 overall and 3.5 in major field and 3.5 in any prior graduate work in political science is preferred for consideration for admission.
No, the Political Science and International Relations graduate program does not accept students for Spring admission. All of our students begin their coursework in September, in the Fall semester.
Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.
The department funds the majority of graduate students through graduate assistantships, usually in the form of Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. All applicants are considered for these assistantships at the time of their application. In addition, the department offers a Soles Fellowship for an incoming student interested in civic engagement or public service.